On 9th Novermber 2016 Professor Susan Mary Benbow will deliver a lecture entitled "Older People and domestic homicides".
Since April 2011, Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) have been carried out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act (2004). A DHR takes place when the death of a person aged 16 years or over results from violence, abuse or neglect by, either a person to whom the victim was related or with whom the victim had an intimate personal relationship, or by a member of the same household. Susan’s lecture explores thirty domestic homicide reviews undertaken in England involving a person aged over 60 years as victim or alleged perpetrator. Preliminary analysis of these reviews identified important themes, including: communication/ information sharing between agencies; differing perceptions of older people/ ageism; risk assessment of older adults; the stresses of care-giving; the role of safeguarding in relation to perceived mental capacity.
Susan is an old age psychiatrist, a family therapist and a Visiting Professor of Mental Health and Ageing at the University of Chester. Susan served as Chair of the Faculty of the Psychiatry of Old Age from 2002-2005 and held NHS consultant posts in Manchester and Wolverhampton until 2009, when she took early retirement from the NHS and redesigned her working life. After completing a PhD by published work, she has pursued a portfolio career involving research, education, systemic therapy, clinical work and consultancy as Director of Older Mind Matters Ltd. Susan is involved in a range of activities relating to safeguarding, including undertaking homicide reviews; reviews of services; and carrying out interviews with the relatives of people who have experienced unsatisfactory care.