Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in Tribal Communities

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 8, 2021

Joan Eliel
Director, Consumer Protection & Victim Services, Office of the Attorney General, Montana Department of Justice
Leslie A. Hagen, JD
National Indian Country Training Coordinator, US Department of Justice
Stacie FourStar
Chief Judge

Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews (DVFR) as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to intimate partner homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Provide tribal communities with a relatable and proven DVFR review model.
  • Guidance on developing a fatality review team for multijurisdictional cases (federal/tribal or state/tribal), to include criminal jurisdiction in Indian country and confidentiality.
  • Identify the impact of history, sovereignty, culture and traditions on the response to intimate partner violence in tribal communities.
  • Explain DVFR findings and recommendations to assist tribal communities working to prevent or improve their response to intimate partner violence.


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