Mayor Jacobs and District Attorney General Allen Announce Appointments to the Knox County Domestic Abuse Death Review Team

District Attorney General Charme Allen appointed the following members to the Domestic Abuse Death Review Team with the approval of Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. The review team is comprised of community members and agencies who come in contact with victims of domestic violence and domestic violence cases.

The interagency death review team will identify and review domestic abuse deaths, including homicides and suicides, and facilitate communication between agencies involved in domestic abuse cases. This type of review will help support our community’s efforts to identify and formulate strategies to prevent domestic abuse.

Knox County Domestic Abuse Death Review Team Appointees:

Joanie Stewart, Designee of the Knox County District Attorney General

Lt. Nevin Long, Designee of Knoxville Chief of Police

Lt. Miranda Spangler, Designee of Knox County Sheriff

Brad Anders, Knox County E911 Director

Dr. Darinka Mileusnic, Knox County Medical Examiner

Amy Rowling, Designee of Knox County Health Department Director

Tracy Davis, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Representative

Robert Downs, Legal Aid of East Tennessee Representative

Kathryn Ellis, Knoxville Family Justice Center Representative

Patty Boardwine, Knox County District Attorney’s Office

Victim Witness Coordinator

Chelsie Leonard, McNabb Center Representative

Domestic Violence Abuse Shelter and Crisis Hotline Provider

Lauren Lindback, YWCA Representative

Non -Profit Groups Serving Domestic Violence Victims

Catherine Oaks, McNabb Center Representative

Non -Profit Groups Serving Domestic Violence Victims

Seema Singh, Representative (Domestic Violence Expert)

Social Services and Medical Community

Tasha Blakney, Representative (Attorney at Law)

Private Citizen

Ashley Blamey, Representative (Doctor of Social Work)

Private Citizen

“Losing lives in our community to violence is devastating. The work of the designated review team will provide us with valuable insight into ways we can avert future devastation and save lives. We need to do everything we can and use every resource possible to stop domestic violence,” said District Attorney General Charme Allen. “I’m grateful to these appointees who have made it their life’s work to serve victims of domestic violence and Knox County.”

“Each of these appointees are committed to serving domestic violence survivors on a daily basis. By coming together, we can ensure that our community offers the most comprehensive services we can to victims of domestic violence,” stated Mayor Jacobs. “I am grateful this group of professionals and volunteers are taking on this task.”

The DADRT model permits the review of sensitive records by subject matter experts, who may otherwise not have access to the information, to have additional context and insight relevant to their work. The review team will comply with confidentiality guidelines established by Tenn. Code Ann. § 36-3-624.