Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission

The Fatality Review Commission, authorized by MCA 2-15-2017, seeks to reduce homicides caused by family violence. The Commission meets twice yearly to review closed domestic homicide cases.

The review seeks to:

  • identify gaps in Montana’s system for protecting battered women
  • better coordinate multi-agency efforts to protect those most at risk of domestic homicide

After consulting with the Attorney General, the Commission determines which cases it will review. The Office of Victim Services coordinates the Commission’s work.

The Attorney General appoints Commission members from representatives of involved state and private agencies, the medical and mental health community, law enforcement and the courts, Native Americans, the legislature and concerned citizens.

Name Position Organization City
Angela Smith Psychiatrist Self-Employed Bigfork
Beki Brandborg Team Facilitator Mediator Helena
Dan Murphy
Police Officer Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Butte
Caroline Fleming Executive Director Custer Network Against Domestic Assault Miles City
Diana Garrett Attorney Montana Legal Services Missoula
Connie Harvey Therapist Self-Employed Lewistown
Sarah Corbally Administrator Child & Family Services Division Billings
Dan Doyle Sociology Professor University of Montana Missoula
Jesse O’Hara
Legislator State of Montana Great Falls
Joan McCracken Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Retired Billings
Chuck Munson Assistant Attorney General MT Department of Justice Helena
John Buttram Licensed Professional Counselor Batterers’ Treatment Program Kalispell
Lee Johnson
Supervisor Division of Criminal Investigation Bozeman
Matthew Dale Team Coordinator Office of Victim Services Helena
Dennis Loveless
Judge City of East Helena East Helena
Phoebe Blount Victim Specialist FBI Glasgow
Roxanne Ross Training Coordinator Montana Law Enforcement Academy Helena
John C. Brown District Judge State of Montana Bozeman
Suzy Boylan Prosecutor Missoula County Missoula
Warren Hiebert Chaplain Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department Bozeman

Biennial Report – While the Commission’s meetings and records are confidential, state law requires it to publish a report detailing its findings and recommendations.

The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative, housed at the Northern Arizona University, acts as a clearinghouse and resource center dedicated to domestic violence fatality review.

The Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO), based in Chicago, profiled the work of the commission in a 20-minute movie. The film explores and explains the process the commission follows when it conducts a review. The film is available here on the group’s website.

Contact

For further information about the Fatality Review Commission, contact:

Matthew Dale, Executive Director
Office of Victim Services
Department of Justice
2225 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 201410
Helena, MT 59620-1410
Phone: (406) 444-1907
Fax: (406) 444-9680
E-mail: madale@mt.gov