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A British police crime scene investigator examines a the interior of a window inside the British home of a family shot dead in their car in the French Alps in Claygate, in south-east England, on September 8, 2012. Alps in Claygate, in south-east England. French police on Saturday visited the house of a British family shot dead in the French Alps this week, a source close to the investigation said. They are working alongside British forensics officers who have begun searching the family home, a large mock-Tudor fronted house in the quiet commuter village of Claygate in Surrey, some 15 miles (25 kilometres) southwest of London. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GettyImages)
Hidden Homicides: join our investigation

Hidden Homicides: join our investigation

A British police crime scene investigator examines a the interior of a window inside the British home of a family shot dead in their car in the French Alps in Claygate, in south-east England, on September 8, 2012. Alps in Claygate, in south-east England. French police on Saturday visited the house of a British family shot dead in the French Alps this week, a source close to the investigation said. They are working alongside British forensics officers who have begun searching the family home, a large mock-Tudor fronted house in the quiet commuter village of Claygate in Surrey, some 15 miles (25 kilometres) southwest of London. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/GettyImages)

We are investigating the domestic abuse deaths that never make it to official crime statistics

Domestic abuse is poorly policed and poorly documented. Based on current statistics, two people a week are known to be killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner. But families and specialists dispute that number: they say, the real toll is likely to be much higher.

We are investigating the sudden, unexpected deaths of people where there is a known history of domestic abuse.

We are asking why some of these deaths are never investigated by police, and never counted. We are examining why both police and coroners fail to pursue plausible lines of inquiry and frequently dismiss families’ concerns – and we’re trying to create change. 

To do that, we need your help. We need to build a national portrait of hidden homicides.

If you are worried about the circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one who experienced domestic abuse, and you feel that the police failed to investigate the situation properly, we would like to hear from you.

For legal reasons, it’s important that you don’t share details publicly or on our social media, but please do get in touch with us confidentially on hiddenhomicides@tortoisemedia.com

The reporters on this project are Louise Tickle and Claudia Williams. We know how difficult and sensitive this subject is: we can promise that all information will be carefully handled, and conversations and correspondence are confidential unless you consent to publication. Please make sure to include your name and the best way to contact you in your email, and we will be in touch. 

To find out more about our Hidden Homicides investigation, watch our ThinkIn – an open discussion event attended by journalists, experts, victims’ families and members of the public – where we discussed our reporting, and where we hope it will take us.