The New Jersey Domestic Violence Fatality and Near Fatality Board (Board) is in but not of DCF and was established by governing legislation N.J.S.A. 52-27D-43.17. The Mission of the Board is to review the facts and circumstances surrounding domestic violence-related fatalities and near fatalities in New Jersey in order to identify their causes and their relationship to government and nongovernment service delivery systems, and to develop methods of prevention.
The responsibilities of the Board include the following:
- Review and investigate fatalities and near fatalities for trends and patterns
- Evaluate the responses of government and nongovernment service delivery systems to fatalities and near fatalities and offer recommendations for improvement of these responses;
- Identify and characterize high-risk groups in order to develop public policy;
- Collect statistical data, in a consistent and uniform manner, on the occurrence of fatalities and near fatalities; and
- Improve collaboration between State and local agencies and organizations to develop initiatives to prevent domestic violence.
The Board Membership is multi-disciplinary and membership consists of ex-officio members and 8 public members with expertise in domestic violence that are appointed by the Governor.