Do state confidentiality and privilege laws supersede Federal laws, such as VAWA?
In terms of confidentiality, the strongest and most protective law is what should be followed. So, if you are in a state with strong confidentiality or privilege laws that are more protective than VAWA, then your state laws should be followed. If you are in a state that has weak or not as strong confidentiality provisions as VAWA, then VAWA protections should be followed. Either way, state and federal laws can inform best practices about protection of confidential, survivor information, such as the use of written, informed, and reasonably time-limited releases of information.