Confidentiality builds trust and provides the foundation for our relationship with survivors and our community. In rural communities confidentiality can be difficult to navigate, which makes it all the more important to survivors of sexual violence. The resources below will provide your program with the tools to create truly confidential sexual violence services.
Jurisdiction-Specific Guides: Privacy Laws Impacting Survivors, Victim Rights Law Center
These FAQ cards provide attorneys and advocates with a starting point for researching common privacy issues that impact victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. They include citations to laws that affect victims’ privacy rights. Depending on the facts of a specific case, such as a victim’s age or occupation, there may be additional laws that expand or limit a victim’s privacy. This card is intended as a summary of relevant laws and is current through 2015.
Tips: Protecting Survivor Privacy in Rural Areas, Victim Rights Law Center, Victim Rights Law Center
Protecting survivor privacy can be challenging in any context, but the challenges are compounded when serving survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking in rural communities. In rural areas, where often everyone knows everyone else—from their car to their life story—keeping information private can be especially difficult. VRLC has gathered tips from practitioners working with rural survivors to help you overcome privacy hurdles—or at least make them a little easier to surmount.
A Privacy Toolkit for Coordinated Community Response Teams, Victim Rights Law Center
Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams need to protect victim privacy as they engage community service professionals in the work of advocating for survivors and ending sexual and domestic violence. This toolkit offers model policies and highlights key state and federal laws regarding victim privacy for organizations that receive funding through the Office on Violence
Against Women (OVW) which are subject to the federal regulations and contractual obligations regarding victim confidentiality.
Privacy Chart Mandatory Reporting Tool, Victim Rights Law Center
It is a central tenet of survivor-centered services that sexual assault (SA) survivors need – and deserve – a right to privacy. This includes information about both the assault(s) as well as other aspects of their lives. This chart is a template designed to help you identify the most common referrals and resources where you direct survivors and the extent to which these other providers may (or may not) keep that information confidential.
FAQ about U.S. Federal Laws & Confidentiality for Survivors, National Sexual Violence Resource Center
This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about United States Federal Laws and how they impact confidentiality for survivors and service providers. The laws discussed include the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Confidentiality Institute was started to support, train and advocate for the professionals who work with violence survivors in preserving privacy, securing safety, and enforcing privilege.