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Virginia’s Violence Fatality Review Teams


Domestic violence fatality review has gained prominence and momentum in the past decade. Since 1999, when the Virginia General Assembly enacted legislation supporting this important work, nineteen local or regional domestic violence fatality review teams (DVFRTs) have been established in the Commonwealth.

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  • Bedford County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Chesterfield County Intimate Partner & Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Colonial Area Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review Team (James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York County)
  • Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review
  • Four Rivers Regional Fatality Review Partnership (New Kent County, Charles City, King William, King and Queen and the town of West Point)
  • Franklin County Family Violence Fatality & Community Response Team
  • Hampton Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Henrico County Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Lynchburg City Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Mathews County Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Albemarle County and City of Charlottesville)
  • Newport News Fatality and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Norfolk Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Northern Neck/Essex Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (Counties of Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland)
  • Pulaski County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
  • City of Richmond Family Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Roanoke Valley Regional Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review Team (County of Roanoke, Cities of Roanoke and Salem, Town of Vinton)
  • Virginia Beach Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team
  • Washington/Bristol Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (County of Washington, City of Bristol)

TEAM REPORTS

Reports published by Virginia’s local and regional teams provide information on the victims and perpetrators in fatal homicide events, as well as the lethality factors that shaped these tragedies.

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TEAM QUOTES

Virginia DVFRT members represent a wide variety of disciplines and experience. Collectively, they have served as leaders or members of domestic violence task forces, Coordinated Community Response Teams (CCRs), and Domestic Violence Advisory Boards. In addition, members: train domestic violence professionals at local, state, and national conferences; contribute to the growing body of domestic violence research; and they are awarded local and state recognition for their domestic violence prevention efforts.

The following thoughts on domestic violence fatality review reflect the first-hand experience of some Virginia DVFRTs:

“With all the funding cutbacks, fatality review is especially important because it helps us better utilize community systems, and get the most out of the resources we've got." - Norfolk Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team... "A fatality review team is a critical component in coordinating a community's response to domestic violence. The team focuses on the needs endemic to the community and will result in strengthened victim services." - Washington/Bristol DVFRT... "Establishing a domestic violence fatality review team in our county has enhanced communication and coordination among key stakeholders that interact with victims and perpetrators. More specifically, the case review process has enabled practitioners in our community to better understand their individual and collective roles in responding to domestic violence." -Fairfax Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team..."The work we have accomplished through our fatality review team is significant. We have had an excellent opportunity to examine real circumstances and systems responses, and have enhanced our ability to implement positive change that ultimately serves to maintain the safety, autonomy, and integrity of domestic violence victims." -Lynchburg Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team

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Last Updated: 11-04-2014

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