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Confidentiality Between Victim Advocates and Survivors in the Tribal Criminal Justice System

Published Date: 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This webinar will address the importance of confidentiality between victim advocates and survivors, and the policy and social science rationales for victim advocates establishing and maintaining protocols around these communications. Victim advocates will learn about confidentiality, privileged communications, written informed consent protocols, the laws addressing these communications, and how to respond to tribal court-related requests for confidential or privileged communications. Victim advocates will learn about necessary procedures, forms, and other tools and resources that will help them protect survivor autonomy, while working effectively with tribal court systems and related personnel.

    Presented by: Rob (Roberta) Valente
    Domestic Violence Policy & Advocacy

Rob Valente is a consultant to the Battered Women’s Justice Project and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, with specialized interests in firearms, federal domestic violence laws and interventions, and tribal issues relating to domestic violence. She works with the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence to advocate for federal laws and funding to protect survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Ms. Valente serves and has served as a consultant on domestic violence issues for various organizations, including the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Congress of American Indians, and the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition. She has also served as Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and as the founding Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.

In 2009, the National Congress of American Indians presented Ms. Valente with the NCAI Public Sector Leadership Award for her work legislation addressing safety and justice for Native communities. Ms. Valente is grateful to have received the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence’s 2011 Sharon L. Corbitt Award.