Survivor Confidentiality Releases
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What this is:
This document addresses common questions regarding confidentiality and releases of information. It takes into account the confidentiality and privacy provisions in the U.S. federal Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) and the Family Violence Prevention Services Act of 2010 (FVPSA 2010). In analyzing the meaning and application of the confidentiality and privacy provisions of these statutes, their purpose (to protect adult, youth, and child victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and their families) must be kept at the forefront.
What this is not:
In general, this information is intended for advocates employed by nonprofit agencies. Nevertheless, it is also important for other partner agencies and professionals to understand as well. As a partner of a nonprofit agency, when requesting information from another agency, you want to be sure that the information you're getting has been obtained properly. Furthermore, it is important for partners to understand that nonprofit advocates must abide by certain legal limitations when releasing information.