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Added Thursday, February 18, 2021 by Action Alliance

FAQ on the VAWA Confidentiality Provision

If you've ever been confused about the difference between VAWA, FVPSA, VOCA, and HIPAA on issues of privacy and confidentiality for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, rest assured, you are not alone. Navigating these different standards can be very confusing when it comes to service provisions, survivor privacy, and data confidentialty.

This document produced by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women has produced a very helpful FAQ document that addresses many of the questions that arrise in SDVAs when it comes to how to protect surivior's privacy based on VAWA requiements. There are answers to question about verbal consent, what to do if law enforcement visit shelters, how grantees should handle grant monitoring inquiries, and considerations for using cloud servers for data storage. Check it out by downloading it below.


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