“Domestic Violence Programs and Children’s Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release,”



 Audioconference. 4/1 Confidentiality of DV ProgramRecords & Communications 1:30 - 3 p.m. EDT

Muskie School & BWJP Series:

Lived Experience of Survivors

Audio Conference on Violence Against Women:

Researcher/Practitioner Discourse,

Session 3 - 4/1/10 @ 1:30 – 3 p.m. EDT

Register at: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=136

Session 3: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., EDT

Topic: Confidentiality of DV Program Records and Communications; Adult and Child Survivors

Speakers: Julie Field, Esq., Executive Director, Confidentiality Institute, Fort Collins, CO

Sandi Murphy, Esq., Attorney Advisor, Battered Women’s Justice Project, MN

Hosted by: Barbara Hart, J.D., Muskie School of Public Service and Battered Women’s Justice Project

Articles: “Victim Confidentiality and Privacy and the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005.” Julie Kunce Field, 2010

“Excerpts from Confidentiality Laws Regarding Domestic Violence Victims in Hawaii”

Domestic Violence Programs and Children’s Records: Issues of Confidentiality and Release,” Sandra Tibbets Murphy and Jenna Yauch, 2009

The ability to provide battered women and their children with confidential services is the linchpin of the effective advocacy. Despite federal and state laws that protect victim privacy and confidentiality, advocacy programs continue to face attempts to obtain the records of battered women and/or their children – from defense attorneys in criminal cases, state attorneys in child protection proceedings, and the batterer or his attorney in divorce and custody cases. Additionally, the growing involvement of third-party decision-makers in custody cases – GALs, parent coordinators, therapists – now has many judges contemplating allowing third-party access to protected records.

This audioconference will review the legal protections of confidentiality provided by state and federal law, such as VAWA, FVPSA, and HIPAA, as well as the obligations of advocacy programs that may receive such funding. The discussion will review confidentiality requirements of advocates in a variety of contexts, such as: requirements for valid consents to release information and best practices for such; subpoena response; and the limits of funders’ records requests.

Registration: This audioconference series is open to OVW grantees and the general public.  If you are an OVW Arrest grantee, please use your OVW-issued grant number.  If you are NOT an Arrest grantee, you MUST use following code to register: 2007-WEAX-1801. This number is only valid for the Muskie School Series.  Please do not use it for other Arrest Grant trainings.

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If you have problems registering for this event, please contact Vicky (vlynes@bwjp.org) or Marijka (mbelgum@bwjp.org) with questions.  If you have questions about the content of the audioconference, please contact Barbara Hart (barbarha@aol.com).

**Please register only one person per organization as the number of phone lines are limited.  Invite colleagues to your office for the audioconference!**

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Register online at: http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=136

Registration Ends 3/30/10

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