Disaster victim identification

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    Abstract

    A mass fatality event may involve a small number of deceased or it may run to a toll of hundreds of thousands. Correct identification of the deceased is vital to fulfill both judicial and humanitarian requirements. To avoid errors, the process must adopt the highest standards of forensic and scientific rigor. Unfortunately, there is little uniformity of process between countries. The integrating role of Interpol is vital although not yet fully utilized. We summarize the requirements and procedures adopted for reliable disaster victim identification (DVI) and focus on the template devised in the United Kingdom.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWiley encyclopedia of forensic science
    EditorsAllan Jamieson, Andre Moenssens
    Place of PublicationChichester
    PublisherWiley-Blackwell
    ISBN (Electronic)0470018267
    ISBN (Print)9780470018262
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Keywords

    • DVI
    • Disaster victim identification
    • Forensic anthropology
    • Forensic science
    • Identification of victims

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    Black, S. M., & Hackman, L. (2009). Disaster victim identification. In A. Jamieson, & A. Moenssens (Eds.), Wiley encyclopedia of forensic science Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470061589.fsa541