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Lynchburg City Family Violence Fatality Review Team to Release 1st Annual Report

April 18, 2006

For Immediate Release

Lynchburg, Virginia

 

The Lynchburg City Family Violence Fatality Review Team will release its 1st annual report at a press conference scheduled for Friday, April 28, at 10:00 am at the Lynchburg Department of Human Services (99 9th Street, 5th floor, training room #530). The press conference will follow a 9:30 am breakfast sponsored by the 24th Judicial District Domestic Violence Coalition commemorating National Victims’ Rights Week.

The Lynchburg City Family Violence Fatality Review Team is an organization of criminal justice, social service, and health professionals who meet on an ongoing basis to review and discuss instances of fatal family violence on an interagency level in order to create a body of information which can be shared, analyzed, and disseminated among participating members to promote a proactive response to the problem of family violence in Lynchburg.

Since the formation of the team in 2002, key representatives from all the major criminal justice, social service, and health service agencies in Lynchburg have worked to develop the structure and focus of the team. The 1st annual report includes numerous findings and recommendations for system response developed during the review of a specific domestic violence fatality that occurred in Lynchburg.

Speakers at the press conference will include Amina Luqman, Family Violence Surveillance Coordinator, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner; The Honorable William Light, Judge, Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court; and H. Cary Payne, former Chair of the Lynchburg City Family Violence Fatality Review Team and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Amherst County. Other members of the team representing the City’s local criminal justice agencies, social services, and health services will also be present to answer questions after the presentation. Various agency leaders, dignitaries, and local and state government officials have been invited to the breakfast and formal presentation.
 

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