Sheriff Maciol appointed to the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team by NYSOPDV Executive Director Kelli Owens Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol has accepted an appointment to the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, administered by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, which was established through an amendment to Executive Law §575 in 2012. The team of approximately 25 state and local representatives conducts a confidential, in-depth analysis of deaths or near-deaths that result from domestic violence. The goal of the review is not to find fault or to blame anyone for the death. The goal is to learn from these very difficult cases in an effort to identify ways to improve the overall response to domestic violence, with an eye toward preventing similar tragedies in the future. “I am truly honored to accept an appointment to the NYS Domestic Violence Review Team. Sadly, we continue to see tragedy and must do all that we can to insure that domestic violence calls are being handled the best that they can be and that every resource that is needed is made available” according to Oneida County Sheriff Robert M. Maciol. Team members, appointed by the Executive Director of the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, represent the various systems that intersect with domestic violence, including courts, victims service providers, mental health professionals and law enforcement. The team reviews case records, interviews individuals and meets with the local responders involved in the case. The team periodically issues reports to the Governor and Legislature, providing aggregate data and an overview of findings and recommendations. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sheriff Maciol to the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Fatality reviews are a critical component of our work to prevent future domestic violence homicides as they provide a mechanism for all systems to work together and identify more community coordinated response to domestic violence. Sheriff Maciol’s extensive experience in Law Enforcement will provide crucial insight for the Team,” OPDV Executive Director Kelli Owens. Sheriff Maciol will serve as the team’s statutorily-mandated law enforcement representative. He was selected due to his involvement in state and local domestic violence initiatives throughout his tenure, including the NYS Domestic Violence Regional Councils and the local YWCA Domestic Violence Coalition. He will assist the team in understanding the role of law enforcement in domestic violence cases and participate in the development of statewide recommendations based on the work of the team.