Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee
In 2008, DDVCC began managing the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DMDVFR). The goal of the DMDVFR is to help reduce domestic violence-related deaths by identifying common risk factors and potential intervention points.
The DMDVFR conducts in-depth reviews of domestic violence fatality cases and presents those reviews to a multidisciplinary committee with approximately 20 professional members. DDVCC/DMDVFR staff and our research partner collect, input, and analyze some of the most exhaustive domestic violence fatality data in the country, and report the findings. This work enhances advocacy efforts to effectively leverage the civil and criminal legal systems to help victims achieve long-term safety for themselves and their families.
Additionally, staff manages and maintains the only community-based comprehensive statewide annual tally of domestic violence related deaths. While the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is typically the “go-to” source for crime statistics, they only include domestic violence-related homicides in their statistics, but do not necessarily include child deaths, other collateral deaths (e.g., police officers, neighbors, friends killed in the incident), or suicides resulting from domestic violence. DMDVFR includes any death DV-related deaths, which is why our list is in demand. Definitions of the types of fatalities we collect information on are listed below.
Collateral Death: The death of a person, other than the person with whom the perpetrator was involved in an intimate relationship, which occurred in the context of domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Perpetrator: The party within an intimate partner relationship determined to be the predominant aggressor or person inflicting abuse on their intimate partner. This may not always be the person listed as the offender in a domestic violence fatality case; some victims may use self-defending behavior against the person who is abusing them.
Domestic Violence Victim: The party within an intimate partner relationship determined to be/have been experiencing abuse by intimate partner. This may not always be the person listed as the victim in a domestic violence fatality case; some victims may use self-defending behavior against the person who is abusing them.
Familicide: a type of murder or murder/suicide in which a perpetrator kills multiple close family members in quick succession, most often children, spouse, siblings, or parents.
Fatality: The death of any person resulting from an incident determined to be an act of, or in the context of, domestic violence or intimate partner abuse.
Murder: The death of one person resulting from the deliberate actions of another person in the context of an intimate partner relationship.
Murder/Suicide: An event resulting in the death of a person from the deliberate actions of another person who subsequently takes their own life, in the context of a current or former intimate partner relationship.
Near Death: An injury to a person at the hands of an intimate partner whereby that injury could likely result in the death of that person. A near death case could also include any of the above listed types of fatalities (e.g., attempted murder/suicide, attempted murder/collateral death).
Suicide: The death of a person who takes their own life in the context of intimate partner abuse/domestic violence (e.g., abusive partner takes their own life in front of non-abusive partner during an argument or with the intention of the non-abusive partner discovering them. This could also include cases where a victim takes their own life to escape abuse).