We work in a state in which advocates are NOT mandated by law to report child abuse. If an advocate observes something they think should be reported and the parent refuses to provide a release, under VAWA and FVPSA, can we do anything to protect the child
If you are not a mandated reporter, you need a written, informed, time-limited release to call the Child Protective Services (CPS) hotline; you cannot call CPS or some other outside agency unless you get the consent of the child and the non-abusive parent/guardian of an unemancipated minor. Consent may not be given by an abuser. In terms of advocacy and services however, there are many other things that can be done to address what is happening and to protect the child.
If you are a mandated reporter under your state's law, you may make a report to CPS without a release.
Being compelled to share information according to state law is an exception to VAWA and FVPSA and mandatory reporting laws are an example. However, you may only disclose the minimum information required under state law.