Reviewing the Murder of Susie Case: The Process of Domestic Violence Fatality Review

Provided by: National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Time: 5:00 am – 6:30 am ChST

Content: Dr. Websdale addresses the complexities of the life and murder of Susie Casey, a Montana woman who disappeared on April 12, 2008 from Glendive, Montana, only to be found dead three weeks later. The long search for and prosecution of her killer raised many issues that the anti-domestic violence movement confronts in its day-to-day work. The case analysis renders problematic our notions of “perpetrator” and “victim.” It also challenges many of our assumptions about “battered women,” who they are, their agency, and their resistive maneuverability. Through the lens of the case, Websdale explores the philosophy of fatality review, the review process, team membership, confidentiality and privacy, the links between fatality review and risk assessment, and the outcomes of review work.
Presenter: Dr. Neil Websdale, Director, Family Violence Institute, Northern Arizona University
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