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Domestic Violence Review to be formed

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor is looking to establish a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team for the county.
The prosecutor has asked Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution Monday night that would establish a review team.
According to the resolution, the review team would serve three purposes:
• Identifying and describing trends and patterns of domestic violence-related deaths in the county;
• Increasing coordination and communication between agencies that provide services to families experiencing domestic violence; and
• Identifying interventions that would improve the system.
State code allows for the establishment of a review team to examine fatal domestic violence incidents and compile information aimed at helping to prevent future domestic violence fatalities.
The team would have the authority “to review the facts and circumstances of all domestic violence incidents” in the county.
All records obtained or created as the result of a case review will be considered confidential and excluded from release through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. In other words, the general public and media would not be able to see the case records or findings of the team.
The team will be charged with identifying gaps in the response system on domestic violence cases and work to increase communication and collaboration among agencies.
According to the resolution, the team will “operate under the assumption that all persons and agencies involved (c)are deeply about preventing violence and operate in good faith, using the best judgment and information available at the time.”

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Domestic Violence Review to be formed

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor is looking to establish a Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team for the county.
The prosecutor has asked Pulaski County Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution Monday night that would establish a review team.
According to the resolution, the review team would serve three purposes:
• Identifying and describing trends and patterns of domestic violence-related deaths in the county;
• Increasing coordination and communication between agencies that provide services to families experiencing domestic violence; and
• Identifying interventions that would improve the system.
State code allows for the establishment of a review team to examine fatal domestic violence incidents and compile information aimed at helping to prevent future domestic violence fatalities.
The team would have the authority “to review the facts and circumstances of all domestic violence incidents” in the county.
All records obtained or created as the result of a case review will be considered confidential and excluded from release through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. In other words, the general public and media would not be able to see the case records or findings of the team.
The team will be charged with identifying gaps in the response system on domestic violence cases and work to increase communication and collaboration among agencies.
According to the resolution, the team will “operate under the assumption that all persons and agencies involved (c)are deeply about preventing violence and operate in good faith, using the best judgment and information available at the time.”

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