Deepa Mattoo is among the 16 new members of the 2023 Domestic Violence Death Review Committee
In June 2022, the OCC issued a Call for Members for the DVDRC. This was the stated Goal of the Call:
The Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) is undergoing a transformation to enhance the representation of Ontario’s diverse people and to modernize its processes in dealing with issues arising from deaths associated with and/or caused by intimate partner violence.
The Office of the Chief Coroner (OCC), which is responsible for the DVDRC, has developed a public process to identify suitable candidates to participate in the death review process. A clearly defined set of expectations and deliverables have been established to guide the selection of members and the contribution they will make to the work of the DVDRC. Certain specialized experience (including lived experience) and expertise may be given greater w
The OCC expects to have at least 15 per diem members join the committee for up to three-year terms. Applications will be retained and assessed as vacancies arise.
The OCC has selected 15 Committee Members (along with two Resource Members) to serve on the DVDRC for two-year terms, with possibility of extension. We believe that this reconstituted committee will continue to set the standard for high-quality and innovative reviews into intimate partner deaths.
The Members represent Ontario’s diverse communities and come from front-line services, academia, public safety, and the legal field. Their deep commitment to the elimination and study of IPV and appreciation of a survivor’s experience brings tremendous credibility and value to the important work of the DVDRC.
The Members chosen have dedicated their careers to addressing intimate partner violence and each has extensive expertise and experience in IPV and related areas Their collective expertise spans:
- Personal and experiential understanding of a survivor’s perspective
- Child and youth welfare protection
- Victim services
- Immigration, family, civil, and criminal law
- Mental health, family, and housing support
- Law enforcement
- Perpetrator understanding and prevention
- Research, education, and training
- Rural and remote communities
The DVDRC, which reports to the Chief Coroner for Ontario, is a multi-disciplinary review committee of experts established in 2003 in response to jury recommendations made in two major inquests into the deaths of women killed by their intimate partners. Ontario was the first province in Canada to develop this type of expert death review committee to explore the circumstances surrounding intimate partner homicides and develop recommendations to prevent further deaths.
The DVDRC reviews the circumstances of the deaths associated with IPV and analyzes issues and identifies risk factors and possible points of intervention. The committee will investigate ways to impact effective change regarding the issue of IPV and its impact on individuals and communities, taking the opportunity to address the need to be more efficient and impactful with recommendations.