Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Confidentiality and Emergency Situations

A wide range of situations can arise for programs providing services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Given the complex and critical safety issues faced by victims, programs should have policies to address victim safety and confidentiality in unusual or emergency circumstances. While this article cannot address all special circumstances that will arise for programs, it provides some important guidelines for thinking about confidentiality in emergencies. Expert Julie Kunce Field's discussion is clear and to the point.

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