Why should we specify the form of communication that a release will take?
Discussing with survivors what form of communication will be used when sharing the information in the release ensures that survivors are fully informed of the various confidentiality risks associated with different types of communication. For example, there may be a greater confidentiality risk if documents are faxed to another agency than if, for example, a phone call is made to that agency. Or, since email is not a secure form of communication, the survivor may be concerned about email. Survivors should be made aware of risks associated with different communication methods and allowed to choose which are used.
Without specifying what form of communication is being used, you may not be giving the survivor the information s/he needs to provide true informed consent.