At least 537 times since 2005, someone in Arizona has died as a result of domestic violence, reports the Arizona Republic. Criminal-justice and social-service agencies have been meeting to dissect these cases, identify system failures and propose solutions to prevent future fatalities. Similar groups are growing in number statewide.
Domestic-violence fatality-review teams have been active in Phoenix and Pinal County for several years, and a new team is starting in southern Arizona. Strides have also been made to implement teams in Mesa, Chandler, the West Valley and Coconino County. The local effort is part of a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice.