In November 2013, Virginia launched the nation's first statewide domestic violence fatality review data collection system. The Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Information System (VAFRIS) contains more than 100 variables to capture the information and insights gained through fatality review including lethality and other risk factors, and precipitating events.
Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Information System (VAFRIS) Materials
Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Information System (VAFRIS)
A web-based database for use by Virginia's local and regional domestic violence fatality review teams (requires password).
Virginia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Information System (VAFRIS): User Manual
A guide to VAFRIS containing specific instruction for each data element, and glossary of common terminology.
VAFRIS Data Collection Tool
A printable form containing VAFRIS data elements to assist with data collection.
Guide to Determining Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Case Type
A flow chart to assist users in categorizing family and intimate partner homicide cases.
State Resource Materials
Guidance on Case Selection for Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams
Published: April, 2015
Community Solutions to Sexual and Domestic Violence: VIRGINIA
A web-based clearinghouse of information and resources for professionals working to address and prevent sexual and domestic violence in Virginia.
Released: June, 2013
Guidance on Evaluating Fatality Review Efforts
Published: June, 2013
Ten Years and Counting: The Persistence of Lethal Domestic Violence in Virginia. Final Report with Recommendations from The Fatal Domestic Violence Workgroup.
Published: December, 2010
Guidance on Using Domestic Violence Program Information during a Fatality Review.
Published: September, 2010
Domestic Violence Fatality Review: Helping communities save lives and improve systems of public health and safety. This tri-fold brochure is an introductory overview of domestic violence fatality review in Virginia.
Published: June, 2010
Family and Intimate Partner Violence Fatality Review: Team Protocol and Resource Manual. 3rd Edition. This manual is a comprehensive “how to” guide which covers the principles and practice of domestic violence fatality review. Featuring 10 chapters with quick links to ready-to-use or adapt team documents, the manual is in downloadable Word format.
Published: December, 2009
Family & Intimate Partner Violence: Fatality Review Team Protocol. 2nd Edition
Published: December, 2002
Family & Intimate Partner Violence: Fatality Review Team Protocol. 1st Edition
Published: March, 2001
QUICK LINK: Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Surveillance Reports
As part of the ongoing effort to better understand and prevent family and intimate partner violence, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner collects information on fatal family violence in Virginia and publishes annual and other reports. More information on FIPV surveillance and data can be found here.
Local and Regional 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.
National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI): The NDVFRI is a national clearinghouse and resource center dedicated to domestic violence fatality review.
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, VAWnet Project, Online Special Collection: Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention
Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Iowa Domestic Abuse Death Review Team
Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Hennepin Domestic Fatality Review Team
Montana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission
New Hampshire Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee
NJ Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board
New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team
New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence