The Howard County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (HCDVFRT) was originally established in November of 2007. It originated after HB 741, “Local Domestic Violence Fatality Review Teams,” was signed into law by Governor Robert Ehrlich on April 26, 2005, effective July 1, 2005. The legislation enabled counties to create domestic violence fatality review teams, making Maryland the 21st state in the U.S. to pass such significant legislation. The mission of HCDVFRT is to attempt to reduce domestic violence; specifically, domestic-related fatalities and near fatalities in our county through a multi-disciplinary review of our response to domestic violence in our community. The goal is to utilize a multi-disciplinary model to address training and community-based prevention programs, as well as to affect systemic change to our community’s response to domestic violence.
The HCDVFRT is made up of a multidisciplinary group of professionals whose role in the community may contribute to a better understanding of the factors that influenced the occurrence of a domestic violence fatality or near fatality and whose agency, organization or governmental department can influence or change the response protocol in hope of preventing future deaths or injury.
Meetings are held quarterly each year at 10:00am. The remaining date for 2022 is as follows: 11/3/22. The meetings are currently being held, in person, at the Public Safety Training Center, located at 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville, MD 21104. Meetings are open to the public.
Team Roster (2022)
Devora Kirschner, Team Co-Chair, Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office
Sergeant Jason Morrill, Team Co-Chair, Howard County Police Department
Lieutenant Erika Heavner, Howard County Police Department
Dina Ward, Howard County Sheriff’s Office
Detective Sergeant Justin Updegraff, Maryland State Police
Elizabeth Olds, Hopeworks
Lisa Enriquez, Springboard Community Services
Erin Anderson, Howard County Health Department
Chris Collins, Howard County Health Department
Jacqueline Scott, Department of Community Resources and Services
Mariesa Robinson, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence
Maxine Ball, Isaac Ministries, Inc.
Tykeria Singleton, Division of Parole and Probation
Monte McMorris, Division of Parole and Probation
Lauren Blake, Howard County Public School System
Laura Willemin, Grassroots Crisis Intervention
LaTisha Carter, My Covenant Place
Stephen Liggett-Creel, Howard County Department of Social Services
Geneva Rieu, Howard County Department of Social Services
Jay Coughlin, Howard Community College