Informed Consent

In general, the privacy of all communications between a Client and Victim Advocate are protected by law.  You are sharing with an advocate and your story and information will be kept confidential as protected under the law of privileged communication. (IC 35-37-6-9)

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Exceptions to Confidentiality:

Regarding Neglect or Abuse:

The advocate has a reason to believe that a minor, elderly person, or person with a disability is being neglected or abused, in which case Fair Haven is required, by law, to file a report with the appropriate state agency. (IC 31-33-5)

Regarding Threats:

If the advocate has cause to believe that you are threatening serious bodily harm to self or others. The advocate will have to contact authorities, as a means to protect you and/or the potential victim. (IC 34-30-16-2)

Regarding Confidentiality:

The advocate may occasionally consult with other supervisors/professionals about a case. During a consultation, the advocate will make every effort to avoid revealing the identity of the client. Likewise, the consultant is also legally bound to keep the information confidential. (IC 16-39-2-6)

You may waive confidentiality at any time.  However, you must fill out a RELEASE OF INFORMATION form in a timely manner.  Without this signed form confidentiality will not be waived.