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Fatality Review

Download Upon Further Examination: 2019-2020 Report of the
CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force

Connecticut has averaged just under fourteen (14) deaths resulting from intimate partner violence each year since 2000. Domestic violence homicide is not diminishing in our state, rather over the last decade the number has remained steady from year to year.

Led by CCADV, the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force was established in 2001 and works to prevent future deaths by conducting multi-disciplinary, systemic examinations of intimate partner fatalities and near fatalities that occur in our state. A retrospective examination of individual fatalities allows the Committee to comprehensively analyze the strengths and challenges of the community's response to domestic violence. The review process does not and will not assign blame for fatalities to individuals, agencies or institutions; the perpetrator of the homicide is assumed to be ultimately responsible for the death.

The objectives of the Task Force are to:

  • Enhance the safety of victims and accountability of batterers
  • Identify systemic gaps and barriers to service
  • Implement coordinated community response      
  • Influence public policy for prevention and intervention of domestic violence

Reviews of intimate partner fatalities and near fatalities are done in a confidential, reflective, and culturally-sensitive environment that will lead to meaningful recommendations for positive social and systems change. The Task Force's recommendations, along with aggregate case findings, are highlighted in reports designed to promote positive change through training, prevention, education, and legislative advocacy.

The Task Force defines a domestic violence fatality as a death that arises from an individual's efforts to assert power and control over his/her intimate partner. Near fatalities are those incidents of intimate partner violence resulting in the "serious physical injury" of the victim as defined by Connecticut General Statutes, including physical injuries that create a substantial risk of death, or which cause serious physical disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ. Cases chosen for review by the Task Force include fatalities or near fatalities in which the victim was an intimate partner or former intimate partner of the individual responsible for causing the death or injury and in which all criminal and civil matters pertaining to the victim and perpetrator are closed with no pending appeals.

Members of the Task Force represent key stakeholders including: domestic violence providers, victim family members, law enforcement, prosecutors, public defenders, victim service providers, batterer intervention providers, advocates, and CT Departments of Children & Families, Correction, Public Health, and Social Services.

DVFR Task Force Findings & Recommendations

2017 - 2018 | 2015 - 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

For more information about the CT Domestic Violence Fatality Review Task Force, please contact Dan Cargill, Director of Law Enforcement Services, at (860) 282-7899 or dcargill@ctcadv.org.

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