Responsibilities

The Family Violence Death Review Committee was established in 2013 under the Protection Against Family Violence Act as part of the Children First Act. The Committee is mandated to provide a formal mechanism to review family violence deaths in Alberta.

The Committee:

  • analyzes incidents/cases of family violence resulting in death
  • identifies systemic issues, trends, risk factors and patterns from the cases reviewed
  • reports and makes recommendations to the Minister of Community and Social Services for intervention and prevention strategies to support the reduction of family violence

For more information about the Committee, see Frequently Asked Questions. (PDF, 54 KB)

Review criteria

The Committee reviews all incidents of family violence deaths in Alberta that are related to intimate partner violence. From those incidents, the Committee selects cases for further in-depth review to represent different ages, cultures and ethnicities, relationship statuses and geographical locations in the province. The Committee has the autonomy to select which cases they will review in-depth; there is no referral process for case reviews and the Committee cannot be compelled to review a specific case.

Membership

The Family Violence Death Review Committee is a multi-disciplinary, expert body, composed of individuals who have expertise in the area of family violence. Membership includes representatives from various sectors including legal, law enforcement, mental health and victim advocacy.

The Committee reports to the Minister and members are appointed through a Ministerial Order for a term of 3 years.

View current membership

Compensation

Public agencies compensation disclosure

Governance

Mandate and Roles (PDF, 981 KB)

Outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Committee, the Minister and the Department.

Code of Conduct (PDF, 159 KB)

Reflects the Committee’s values and provides a framework to guide behaviour in line with its ethics, integrity and reputation.

Reports

Annual reports

The Family Violence Death Review Committee publishes an annual report detailing the Committee’s work and family violence deaths for each year. The Minister is accountable to Albertans for the Committee's operations and for tabling the annual reports in the Legislature.

View annual reports

Case reviews

The Committee reports to the Minister of Community and Social Services, through public reports that analyze the circumstances leading to the deaths.  The reports include the Committee’s recommendations to support the reduction and prevention of family violence, based on the case in question.

Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 6 (PDF, 281 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No.6 (PDF, 348 KB)
Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 5 (PDF, 268 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No.5 (PDF, 491 KB)
Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 4 (PDF, 269 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No. 4 (PDF, 506 KB)
Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 3 (PDF, 336 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No.3 (PDF, 282 KB)
Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 2 (PDF, 311 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No. 2 (PDF, 254 KB)
Family Violence Death Review Committee – Case Review Report No. 1 (PDF, 95 KB)
Government Response to Case Review Report No. 1 (PDF, 265 KB)