If a community pulls together a team of representatives from law enforcement, victims services, prosecution, and courts, are the victim services representatives prohibited from speaking about the victim without a release?
Different partners in a multi-disciplinary team may have different confidentiality requirements, and each partner needs to understand his/her own respective obligations. For example, police and prosecutors do not generally need a release to speak about the case, but an advocate from a non-profit agency can only speak about a survivor if the survivor signed a release of information allowing that disclosure.
However, the non-profit agency or its representatives can talk generally about many things that are useful to the group, such as domestic violence and sexual assault dynamics, services that are available, aggregate totals, and general information that is not personally identifying. The non-profit advocate can also gather information that is helpful to a survivor in those partnerships and help a survivor decide what information s/he would like the partnership to know and how that information should be shared.