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Resource: Advocacy Challenges in a CCR: Protecting Confidentiality While Promoting a Coordinated Response

Written by Sandra Tibbetts Murphy, published by the Battered Women's Justice Project, January 2011. "It is between these two principles – the need for confidentiality and the need for collaboration – that a conflict exists for advocates. How does an advocacy program balance these two seemingly competing interests? How does an advocacy program remain an effective partner within a CCR while still protecting the confidentiality of the battered women it serves?"

Webinar: Domestic Violence and Disabilities

We know that American Indian/Alaska Native women experience some of the highest rates for domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sex trafficking, homicide at the hands of an intimate partner, and missing & murdered.  Women with disabilities are of double risk for violence and abuse.  This webinar will offer data on American Indian/Alaska Native disabilities in equal access, fair accommodations, and an opportunity to make powerful contributions to provide accessible, safe, and effective services to individuals with disabilities and Deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault

Booklet: Privacy, Confidentiality and Privileged Communications: Keystones to Safety

Privacy, confidentiality and privileged communications are the keystones to safety for survivors of battering or domestic violence. Protecting privacy and confidentiality of victims of domestic violence is directly related to a survivor’s ability to trust, ask for advocacy, support and help. The law provides certain protections to conversations referred to as “privileged communications” between two individuals. All of these protections are important to understand as well as any legal limitations that local laws may impose.

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

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.

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