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Publication Date: April 2009
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What Is Confidentiality?

Recommendations for Coalitions, Programs, Victim Service Centers, and Advocates

  • Develop, implement, and consistently enforce comprehensive confidentiality policies and procedures.

  • Identify local, state, and federal laws, policies, and procedures that support victims' right to privacy.

  • Identify systems' policies and procedures that diminish victims' right to privacy, and develop appropriate responses.

  • Train sexual assault victim advocates (including staff and volunteers), board members, and other agency and program staff on confidentiality practices, including program policies and procedures; local, state, and federal privacy protections; systems advocacy needs; and tips for protecting victims' right to privacy.


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