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Frequently Asked Questions about U.S. Federal Laws and Confidentiality for Survivors

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Published Date
January, 2016

This piece addresses common confidentiality questions about several U.S. federal laws that may impact survivors. It highlights key confidentiality and privacy provisions in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and the 2010 reauthorization of the Family Violent Prevention Services Act (FVPSA). With VAWA confidentiality provisions in mind, it also answers questions regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).