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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
Glen StinarAdministratorMT Law Enforcement AcademyHelena
Rob Farris-OlsenLegislatorMT House of RepresentativesHelena
Jen BuckleyTribal LiaisonMontana Board of Crime ControlMissoula
Joan ElielDirector OVS/Team CoordinatorMontana Dept. of JusticeHelena
John C. BrownDistrict JudgeState of MontanaBozeman
John ButtramLicensed Professional CounselorBatterers' Treatment ProgramKalispell
Lee JohnsonInvestigatorDivision of Criminal InvestigationBozeman
Julie KelsoPsychiatristBillings ClinicBillings
VacantChild and Family Services DivisionHelena
Suzy BoylanProsecutorMissoula CountyMissoula
Warren HiebertChaplainGallatin County Sheriff's DepartmentBozeman


Native American Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Members:

Andy HuffAttorneyPrivate practiceHelena
Beki BrandborgTeam FacilitatorSelf-employedHelena
Bryan DakeAsst. U.S. AttorneyOffice of the U.S. AttorneyBillings
Eric BarnoskyRegional AdministratorDPHHS/CFSDMiles City
Erin HarrisVictim SpecialistFBIBillings
Georgette BaggioAttorneyPrivate practiceHardin
Harlan TrombleyNative American LiaisonDepartment of CorrectionsGreat Falls
Joan ElielTeam CoordinatorDepartment of JusticeHelena
Lacey Alexander-SmallIntegrated Academy CoordinatorMontana Primary Care AssociationHardin
Lenora NioceAsst. SA in ChargeBureau of Indian AffairsBillings
Leslie HagenIndian Country Training CoordinatorU.S. Department of JusticeColumbia, SC
Mistee Rides at the DoorPresenting OfficerBlackfeet Family CourtBrowning
Neil WebsdaleDirectorNational DV Fatality Review InitiativeFlagstaff, AZ
Stacie Four StarChief JudgeFort Peck TribesPoplar
Stephanie Iron ShooterCaring Schools CoordinatorOffice of Public InstructionBillings
Steve Lowe Special AgentFBIBillings
Wendy BremnerVictim SpecialistBureau of Indian AffairsBrowning

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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