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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 domestic violence victims
  • 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 federal, state and private agencies, the medical and mental health community, law enforcement and the courts, Native Americans, the legislature and the MT Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Commission Members:

Kate Croft Victim AdvocateRed LodgeRed Lodge
Connie HarveyTherapistSelf-EmployedLewistown
Jackson BunchProfessor/Criminology University of MontanaMissoula
Dan MurphyLE OfficerButte-Silver Bow Law EnforcementButte
Diana GarrettAttorneyMontana Legal Services AssociationMissoula
VacantAdministratorMT Law Enforcement AcademyHelena
Amy ReigerLegislatorMT House of Representatives/SenateKalispell
Jen BuckleyTribal LiaisonSelf-EmployedButte
Joan ElielDirector OVS/Team CoordinatorMontana Dept. of JusticeHelena
John C. BrownDistrict JudgeState of MontanaBozeman
Lee JohnsonInvestigatorDivision of Criminal InvestigationBozeman
Julie KelsoPsychiatristBillings ClinicBillings
Nicole GrossbergAdministratorChild and Family Services Division, DPHHSHelena
Mandi PetersonLE Officer/Chaplain LiaisonHelena Police Dept.Helena
Selene KoepkeAssistant/Attorney GeneralMontana Dept. of JusticeHelena


Native American Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Members:

*Native American / Tribal Nation representation
Melissa SchlichtingAttorneyCSKTPablo
Donna FallsDown*BIADistrict V MT & WY BIABillings
Wendy Bremner*BIA Victim Witness SpecialistBIABrowning
Bryan DakeAUSAUS Attorney/Dist. of MTBillings
Stephanie Iron Shooter*American Indian Health DirectorMT DPHHSBillings
Annette Scalpcane*Staff AccountantNational Indigenous Women's Resource CenterLame Deer
Mistee Rides At the Door*Tribal JudgeBlackfeet Tribal CourtBrowning
Joan ElielDirector/Team CoordinatorMT DOJ/OCPVSHelena
Steven Red Cloud*Special Agent/Criminal InvestigatorBIAShelby
Hon. Stacie Four Star*Chief JudgeFort Peck TribesPoplar
Harlan Trombley*Former Native American LiaisonMT Dept. of CorrectionsGreat Falls
Dr. Alan OstbyPhD, LCPCIndian Health ServicesBillings
Garrick Declay*Special Agent/Criminal InvestigatorBIABillings
Eric BarnoskyRegional AdministratorDPHHS/CFSDMiles City
Leslie HagenIndian Country Training CoordinatorUS. Department of JusticeColumbia, SC
Dr. Neil WebsdaleDirectorNational DV Fatality ReviewPhoenix, AZ
Joshua SizemorePolicy AdvisorUS Senator Steve DainesBillings
Peter MattNative American LiaisonUS Senator Jon TesterMissoula
Larry McGrailSpecial AgentFBIBillings
Jen Buckley*Self-EmployedTveraa PhotographyButte
Valerie Falls Down*Tribal Advocacy CoordinatorMLSABillings
Marcus MoultonSpecial Agent/Criminal InvestigatorBIABillings
Misty Kuhl*DirectorGovernor's Office of Indian AffairsHelena
Hon. Rod SouzaDistrict Court Judge13th District CourtBillings

Biennial Report – While the Commission 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.


For further information about the Fatality Review Commission, contact:

Joan Eliel, Executive Director
Office of Victim Services
Department of Justice
P.O. Box 201410
Helena, MT 59620-1410
Phone: (406) 444-1907
Fax: (406) 442-2174
E-mail: [email protected]

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