The principle of survivor confidentiality is central to the services provided by domestic violence programs. Yet survivors and the advocates who serve them often encounter a web of agencies asking for private, personal identifying information. A coordinated community response is key in creating safety for survivors, but this coordination often opens pitfalls for violation of survivor confidentiality. This webinar series will provide certified domestic violence programs with a comprehensive overview of confidentiality best practices, including federal and state laws regarding confidentiality, best practices in documentation and data collection, and how to safely collaborate with other agencies and individuals in the community. The series begins with the first webinar, “Federal and State Confidentiality Requirements for Domestic Violence Programs.” This webinar will address common questions about federal and state laws regarding survivor confidentiality that impact state certified domestic violence programs, clarify the protections and limitations provided by Georgia’s Advocate Privilege law, review the certified shelter standards relevant to confidentiality, and emphasize the guiding philosophy and ethics of survivor confidentiality requirements.
Continuing Education Hours: 1
This training has been approved by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for continuing education hours for state-certified domestic violence shelters.
Advocates and administrative staff from domestic violence programs, as well as community partners such as FVIPs, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement.