2020 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 24 - Government - State
Article 31. Department of Law
Section 24-31-702. Colorado domestic violence fatality review board - creation membership - purpose - duties.

(1) The Colorado domestic violence fatality review board is established in the department to:

  1. Examine data collected by review teams during the preceding year;

  2. Identify measures to help prevent domestic violence fatalities and near-death incidents;

  3. Establish uniform methods for collecting, analyzing, and storing data relating to domestic violence fatalities and near-death incidents; and

  4. Make annual policy recommendations concerning domestic violence to the generalassembly.

(2) (a) The review board includes the attorney general or his or her designee, who shall act as chair, and at least seventeen but not more than twenty other members, to be appointed by the attorney general on or before October 1, 2017, as follows:

  1. A medical professional with forensic experience;

  2. A domestic violence advocate representing a shelter or other domestic violence service organizations, who may not testify without consent of a victim pursuant to section 13-90107 (1)(k)(II);

  3. A criminal defense attorney;

  4. A representative of a law enforcement agency;

  5. The executive director of the department of public health and environment, or his orher designee;

  6. A representative of a city attorney's office in Colorado who has experience workingwith victims of domestic violence or prosecuting domestic violence offenders;

  7. A representative of a statewide nonprofit organization that offers training and expert advice to domestic violence programs that serve survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking;

  8. A representative of the department of human services' adult protection services;

  9. A representative of the department of human services' child protection services;

  10. A representative of a probation, parole, or community corrections program;

  11. A representative designated by the Colorado district attorneys' council;

  12. A representative of a domestic violence treatment provider specializing in offendertreatment;

  13. Two domestic violence survivors;

  14. A representative of the domestic violence offender management board created insection 16-11.8-103;

  15. A representative of the Denver metro domestic violence fatality review committee;(XVI) A judge or magistrate; and

(XVII) Such other members as the attorney general may determine, whose contributions would be valuable to the work of the review board; except that the attorney general may not appoint more than two members pursuant to this subsection (2)(a)(XVII).

(b) The review board must, to the extent practicable:

  1. Include members from throughout the state;

  2. Include members with disabilities;

  3. Reflect the ethnic diversity of the state; and

  4. Include members who have knowledge of and experience with domestic violence.

  1. Members of the review board, other than the attorney general, serve for four-yearterms and are eligible for reappointment no more than two times at the expiration of a four-year term.

  2. Members of the review board serve without compensation but may receive per diemand reimbursement for costs, subject to the availability of funds.

  3. The attorney general may fill any vacancies on the review board at any time.

  4. Before commencing his or her service on the review team, each member shall submithis or her fingerprints to the Colorado bureau of investigation for the purposes of a criminal background check. The bureau shall forward the results of each background check to the attorney general. When the results of a fingerprint-based criminal history record check of a member performed pursuant to this section reveal a record of arrest without a disposition, the attorney general shall require that member to submit to a name-based criminal history record check, as defined in section 22-2-119.3 (6)(d).

  1. The review board shall convene its first meeting on or before November 1, 2017, andshall meet thereafter as determined by the membership.

  2. The review board shall coordinate with review teams to collect data, review andanalyze the data, and prepare recommendations for the general assembly. The review board shall submit a written report of its recommendations to the health and human services and judiciary committees of the senate and the public health care and human services and judiciary committees of the house of representatives, or any successor committees, on or before December 1, 2018, and on or before December 1 each year thereafter. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I), the report required in this subsection (4) expires on September 1, 2022. The review board shall make the report available to the public on the department's website. The report may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Recommendations for improving communication between public and private organizations and agencies;

  2. The number of domestic violence fatalities and near-death incidents that occurred ineach county during the preceding year and the factors associated with each fatality; (c) Recommendations for:

  1. Reducing the incidence of domestic violence in the state; and

  2. Improving responses to domestic violence incidents by the legal system and by communities; and

(d) Recommendations directed at primary prevention of domestic violence.

  1. Case review data will be stored in the manner determined by the review board. Thereview board shall work with review teams to incorporate and maintain existing data collection methods.

  2. In addition to collaborating with review teams, the review board may collaboratewith other agencies or organizations to fulfill its duties pursuant to this part 7.

  3. Notwithstanding any provision of this section, the review board is authorized to review case data only from cases that have been closed by each law enforcement agency that investigated or prosecuted each such case.

Source: L. 2017: Entire part added, (SB 17-126), ch. 400, p. 2082, § 2, effective August 9. L. 2019: (2)(f) amended, (HB 19-1166), ch. 125, p. 550, § 31, effective April 18.

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