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Fatality Review Services

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides services through its Fatality Review Division, which is responsible for reviewing the circumstances of the deaths of individuals within certain populations, including their interaction with District government services. The reviews aim to provide analysis and recommendations to the public and District entities serving defined populations so they can address systemic problems and provide better services. The OCME administers five review entities:

  • Child Fatality Review Committee and Infant Mortality Review Sub-Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Fatality Review Committee
  • Violence Fatality Review Committee
  • Maternal Mortality Review Committee
  • Opioid Fatality Review Board

The Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board receives administrative oversight from the Office of Victims Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG).

Each fatality review entity is mandated by statute or Mayor’s Order and publishes an annual report.

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