Parallels in Practice: Applying Principles of Research Integrity and Ethics in Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR)

Cook, Elizabeth A., Rowlands, James, Bracewell, Kelly, Jones, Cassandra and Boughton, Grace (2023) Parallels in Practice: Applying Principles of Research Integrity and Ethics in Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR). Journal of Family Violence, 38 (6). pp. 1015-1027. ISSN 0885-7482

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Purpose: Within the context of the big data society, new systems of data collection on domestic violence and abuse (DVA) have emerged. One such system is Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR) which captures the various dimensions of gender, violence, and abuse required to form an evidence base for prevention. However, to date, there has been limited dialogue between practitioners and researchers about the ‘doing’ of DVFRs.Method: As DVFR systems vary by jurisdiction, we conducted a case study ofDomestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) in England and Wales. Applying the ResearchIntegrity Framework (RIF) developed by the four Women’s Aid Federations in theUnited Kingdom (UK), this article examines both the practice of DHR and how it is utilised as data in research.Results: Informed by our situated perspectives as researchers and/or practitioners working in the field, our analysis demonstrates how undertaking DHR as a practitioner parallels collecting, accessing, and analysing data from DHRs as a researcher. Guiding principles are identified to help practitioners and researchers navigate the parallel challenges they confront and, critically, inform dialogue between practice and research.Conclusions: Implications for both professional practice and research are presented. To increase transparency and confidence, we argue that more attention should be afforded to the methodological and ethical issues inherent in both the practice of DHRs, and their utilisation as a source of data in research. While DHRs have differences to DVFRs in other jurisdictions, these findings also have implications for these other systems which will also be discussed.

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Additional Information: Funding information: With thanks to the anonymous reviewers for their feedback. EC’s salary was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (Violence, Health and Society; MR-VO49879/1), an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation Councils, the Department of Health and Social Care (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading health research charities. JR was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council [grant no.: ES/P00072X/1].
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic violence and abuse, Domestic homicide, Ethics, Fatality review, Methodology
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2023 12:00
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2024 03:30

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