Video cameras are increasingly being used by agencies and collaborations as part of security systems, to document interviews or capture evidence, for monitoring at supervised visitation centers, as part of medical examinations, for web‐conferencing, for video interpreter or video relay, and for virtual protection order hearings. This tip sheet briefly highlights: how video cameras work; how agencies and partnerships are or might use video cameras; and, some risks, benefits, and things to consider including interception, safety planning, confidentiality, upfront notification, legal issues and informed consent.
This piece was created by the NNEDV Safety Net Project to assist U.S. DOJ Office of Violence Against Women (DOJ-OVW) grantees, agencies and partnerships with identifying and addressing victim safety concerns that can arise from using technology. This technology safety tip sheet is meant to help with issue spotting. It is understood that a more in-depth look of the grantee’s technology plans and implementation may be necessary to fully ensure a grantee is most effectively addressing victim safety concerns.
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