National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative

The mission of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI) is to provide technical assistance for the reviewing of domestic violence related deaths with the underlying objectives of preventing them in the future, preserving the safety of battered women, and holding accountable both the perpetrators of domestic violence and the multiple agencies and organizations that come into contact with the parties.

NDVFRI staff and consultants offer:

If you are interested in learning more about technical assistance opportunities provided through NDVFRI, please contact us. NDVFRI staff and consultants look forward to serving you.

NDVFRI Webinar

Expanding the Forensic Narrative: Engaging Surviving Family Members in the Fatality Review Process

November 18, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm Pacific

The main purpose of reviewing domestic violence fatalities is to prevent future domestic violence and deaths. Review teams seek information about a victim’s death from multiple sources such as law enforcement, social service, and health care to identify risks, system breakdowns, and strategies to ensure safety. However, to understand what life was like for the victim and what it was like engaging with service agencies, review teams across the country and in England are also talking with those who likely knew the victim best: family, friends and community members. This webinar will explore the importance of involving family/friends/community with the domestic violence fatality review process and how they have enhanced system changes and fatality prevention.

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2015 NDVFRI Conference

Fatality Review: Communities and Social Change

St Petersburg, FL
May 17 -19

This two day event will bring together team members and stakeholders from across the country to learn about fatality review and advance their efforts. We will explore the ways communities have changed their responses to domestic violence as a result of their fatality review work. The conference highlights the importance of civic engagement, agency and stakeholder contributions, and democratic practice.

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Featured Video:

Montana Landscape Scene

Example Fatality Review Case in Montana

Produced by: S.T.O.P in Action: Montana Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission

Watch more videos produced by S.T.O.P. In Action. Visit the NDVFRI video library for expert interviews and presentations.