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FAQ’s on Survivor Confidentiality Releases
This document, “FAQ’s on Survivor Confidentiality Releases,” addresses common questions that agencies and advocates who work with survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking frequently have regarding confidentiality and the release 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 2005 (VAWA 2005). In analyzing the meaning and application of the confidentiality and privacy provisions of VAWA 2005, the purpose of the statute (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. 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.
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