Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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New York State Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative

What is Domestic Violence Fatality Review?

Domestic violence fatality review is the in-depth analysis of deaths or near deaths that result from domestic violence.  The goal of fatality review is not to find fault or blame any individual or agency for the death.  The goal is to learn from these very complex cases in an effort to identify ways to improve our overall response to domestic violence, with an eye toward preventing similar outcomes in the future. 

Domestic violence fatality review is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team and includes activities such as: