RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING

THE MONTICELLO AREA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
FATALITY REVIEW TEAM

 

 

            WHEREAS, family and intimate partner violence has destructive consequences upon individuals and families within Albemarle County and surrounding localities; and

 

            WHEREAS, careful examination of family and intimate partner fatalities can help prevent similar tragedies from recurring; and

 

            WHEREAS, a thoughtful and non-judgmental method of evaluating the events that lead to family and intimate partner fatalities will create a safer community; and

           

            WHEREAS, the General Assembly enacted Virginia Code § 32.1-283.3 to permit localities to establish Family Violence Fatality Review Teams “to examine fatal family violence incidents and to create a body of information to help prevent future family partner fatalities”;

 

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team is hereby established as a multi-jurisdictional family violence fatality review team pursuant to Virginia Code § 32.1-283.3; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team shall have the authority to review the facts and circumstances of all fatal family violence incidents that occur within Albemarle County and other participating localities; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team initially shall also include the City of Charlottesville and may later include additional participating localities; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team will engage agencies, organizations and systems which provide services to victims and perpetrators to identify possible gaps as well as best practices in system responses and provide for increased communication and collaboration amongst the agencies involved; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team will operate under the assumption that all persons and agencies are committed to and care deeply about preventing violence within the family and intimate partner relationships and operate in good faith, using best judgment and information available at the time; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Monticello Area Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team will offer recommendations to benefit our community and improve our public safety; and

 

            BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that pursuant to Virginia Code § 32.1-283.3 the membership of the team shall include, but not be limited to, representatives from the criminal justice system, the advocacy community, the academic and public policy field, the health care community, and the mental health and social services community.

 

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