Every year, people are murdered at the hands of an intimate partner. Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to intimate partner homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions. Fatality reviews can reveal trends and may lead to changes to the system that could prevent future deaths. They may also enhance prevention and intervention programs aimed at reducing the death toll from acts of domestic violence. Reviewing domestic violence death over time might identify broader issues with social policies, criminal justice intervention strategies, and political initiatives.
This training is designed for federal, state and tribal criminal justice professionals and community service providers who investigate, prosecute and respond to domestic violence crimes. This training will address what constitutes a domestic violence fatality review, how to convene a review, and it will address legal issues – like confidentially – that frequently arise during the review process. Priority admission will go to applicants working on cases arising in Indian Country.
This class will have a mock fatality review exercise component. Criminal justice professionals and community-based service providers are encouraged to register as a team.