TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Dr. William Lucas, Regional Supervising Coroner
for Central Region, Brampton Office, and Chair of the Domestic Violence Death
Review Committee, today announced the release of the Sixth Annual Report of
the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC).
The DVDRC is a multi-disciplinary advisory committee of experts that was
established in 2003 in response to recommendations made from two major
inquests into the deaths of Arlene May, Randy Iles, and Gillian and Ralph
Hadley. The mandate of the DVDRC is to assist the Office of the Chief Coroner
with the investigation and review of deaths involving domestic violence with a
view to making recommendations aimed at preventing deaths in similar
circumstances and reducing domestic violence in general.
"By conducting a thorough and detailed examination and analysis of facts
within individual cases, the DVDRC strives to develop a comprehensive
understanding of why domestic homicides occur and how they might be
prevented," said Dr. Lucas.
The annual report includes a synopsis of 15 cases reviewed and 33
recommendations made by the committee in 2008.
As part of the review, the DVDRC identifies risk factors that were
present and identifiable within the relationship between the victim and the
perpetrator. Deaths in similar circumstances may be prevented by families, the
public, law enforcement, judicial and social service individuals and
organizations identifying the same risk factors within relationships, and
addressing them promptly before a tragedy occurs.
An analysis of all deaths reviewed since 2003 reveals that 86 per cent of
the cases involved seven or more risk factors. The most common risk factors
include actual or pending separation between the deceased and the perpetrator,
a history of domestic violence, obsessive behaviour and depression.
Recommendations made by the DVDRC are aimed towards the prevention of
similar deaths and are distributed to agencies and organizations who are in a
position to affect implementation.
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For further information:
For further information: Dr. William Lucas, Regional Supervising Coroner
for Central Region, Brampton Office, Chair of the Domestic Violence Death
Review Committee, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,