This document discusses information on confidentiality and releases of information for individuals who have experienced sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, or harassment.  The information provided is based on U.S. Federal Laws, and is intended for advocates and employees of other organizations who may serve these individuals. 

The following document provides a working chart of questions to consider when selecting a database for an organization.  These questions may be useful in determining which database will provide the most benefits in terms of privacy and confidentiality, as well as security.

This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about United States Federal Laws and how they impact confidentiality for survivors and service providers.  The laws discussed include the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The executive summary of a research project to determine the effectiveness of preventing sexual offenses after imposing a sex-offender registry requirement in South Carolina briefly discusses the findings.  According to the report, first time offenses were reduced, online registries appear to have no impact on recidivism, and failure to register did not predict recidivism.

The Existe Ayuda Toolkit provides a variety of resources and information to help service providers in working with spanish-speaking populations.  This project aims to increase cultural competence and accessibility of services.  The glossaries, presentations, and tools available on this site should assist both spanish-speaking and non-spanish-speaking advocates to provide information, services, and referrals to Latin@s impacted by sexual violence.

The Vera Institute recently released a new guide for organizations that provide sexual violence, domestic violence, and disability services.  This guide seeks to increase avenues for partnership and collaboration between these three types of services, recognizing that people often face co-occurring issues.  The authors of the guide hope to provide background to help meet the needs of women with disabilities, who commonly face sexual and domestic violence, but often do not have access to services that can meet a combination of needs.  This booklet provides information on creating safe, effective, and accessible healing services.

This 4 page fact sheet provides an overview of the U.S. National Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE) including information on purpose, scope and impact. 

The 2011 edition of The Resource celebrates NSVRC's 10 year anniversary with articles on creative thinking in sexual violence prevention, collaboration between advocacy and sex offender management, engaging bystanders and new research on public perceptions on sexual violence.

Vice President Biden and Secretary Duncan presented guidelines on legal obligations in addressing sexual violence in school and on campus.  The resources include:

 

Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence (19 p.)

Background, Summary, and Fast Facts Fact Sheet (2 p.)

Know Your Rights Fact Sheet on Title IX and Sexual Violence (2 p.)

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