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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 purpose of the reviews is to provide analysis and recommendations to the public and District entities serving defined populations, so they can address systemic problems and provide better services. There are three review committees:

  • Child Fatality Review Committee
  • Developmental Disabilities Fatality Review Committee
  • Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

Each fatality is mandated either by statute or Mayor’s Order to publish an annual report.

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