14th Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium: The Unique Needs of Victims

The 2014 Annual Sexual Assault and Stalking Symposium focused on “Responding to the Unique Needs of Victims of Sexual Assault and Stalking.” This collection of informational resources supports information presented at the symposium on victim privacy and why it matters; understanding and accessing risks of stalking; civil protective orders, trauma-informed services and legislative updates for 2014.

 

 

About Victim’s Rights

Victim Law – Office of Justice Programs

Provide a general overview of information about victims’ legal rights and the criminal justice system.

 

Link to External Website:

https://www.victimlaw.org/victimlaw/pages/victimsRight.jsp

 

 

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

The Battered Women’s Justice Project

Provides information about sharing information among community partners and the need to protect confidentiality for victims.

 

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

 

 

Assisting Survivors with Personal Privacy Management:

Digital Technology and Safety Information Booklet

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

This booklet expands on technology safety tips, providing guidance and best practice information for assisting survivors to protect their safety and preserve their privacy when using social media and personal electronic devices.

 

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Assisting Survivors with Personal Privacy Management

 

 

Civil Protective Orders:

Improved Safety for Victims & Cost Effective for State Governments New Research Findings on Effectiveness

Dr. TK Logan, University of Kentucky

Provides research findings on civil protective order effectiveness as well as cost-benefit of these orders.

 

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Civil Protective Orders: Justice or Just a Piece of Paper?

 

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Civil Protective Orders: Improved Safety for Victims & Cost Effective for State Governments

 

 

Confidentiality and Sexual Violence Survivors: A Toolkit for State Coalitions

The Center for Law & Public Policy on Sexual Violence

Provides a checklist of issues, questions, and basic tips for a coalition legal counsel to use as a template when creating a confidentiality guide specific to the laws and policies of his/her state. The template is general, some of the topics enumerated may not be relevant to a particular state.

 

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Confidentiality and Sexual Violence Survivors: A Toolkit for State Coalitions

 

 

Data Security Checklist to Increase Victim Safety and PriHelping Stalking Victims – 5 Basic First Steps

TK Logan, Phd. University of Kentucky and Teri Faragher, Director, LFUCG Domestic Violence Prevention Board

Provides the 5 “STEPS” for helping professionals understand how to provide respond to victims. Some of the statistical information is specific to Kentucky.

 

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Helping Stalking Victims: 5 Basic First Steps

 

 

Online Privacy & Safety Tips

NNEDV SafetyNet Project (2010)

This 1-page handout provides tips for preventing sensitive and personal information from making its rounds on the Web. It highlights email, passwords, social networks, online accounts, and safe web browsing.

 

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Online Privacy & Safety Tips

 

 

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA

The World Privacy Forum

HIPAA is the most important federal health privacy law for almost everybody in the United States. Most of this guide explains what you should know about HIPAA.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.worldprivacyforum.org/category/patients-guide-to-hipaa/overview-to-guide/

 

 

Privacy Considerations When Posting Content Online

NNEDV SafetyNet Project (2010)

For those who want to be more protective of their online information, this handout provides some questions to consider when posting content online.

 

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Privacy Considerations When Posting Content Online

 

 

Privacy and Safety on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) (July 2013)

This guide addresses privacy on Facebook, as well as safety tips and options for when someone is misusing the site to harass, monitor, threaten, or stalk. It refers back to Facebook’s Help Center in several places for more detailed information on settings and features.

 

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Privacy & Safety on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse

 

 

Protecting Victims’ Privacy Rights: The Use of Pseudonyms in Criminal Cases

National Crime Victim Law Institute, October 2013

Discusses how the use of pseudonyms can be helpful in protecting the privacy of victims.

 

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Protecting Victims’ Privacy Rights: The Use of Pseudonyms in Criminal Cases

 

 

Research on Partner Stalking: Putting the Pieces Together

TK Logan, PH.D., Supported by the National Institute of Justice, October 2010

Provides research and response related to partner stalking.

 

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Research on Partner Stalking: Putting the Pieces Together

 

 

Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers

Stalking Resource Center

Helps community correction officers understand the nature and dynamics of stalking. Provides an overview of stalking and suggestions on how to supervise probationers and parolees who engage in stalking behaviors.

 

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Responding to Stalking: A Guide for Community Corrections Officers

 

 

Responding to Stalking – A Template: Client Limited Release of Information Form

Created for adaptation by Julie Kunce Field, J.D. and NNEDV

Offers a template form that can be used with victims to provide consent for limited release of information.

 

Link to External Website:

http://nnedv.org/resources/safetynetdocs/survivor-confidentiality/client-limited-release-of-information-form.html

 

 

Safety Planning with Adult Sexual Assault Survivors:

A Guide for Advocates and Attorneys

Victims Right Law Center

Provides help to advocates and attorneys who work with survivors of non-intimate partner sexual assault to identify potential threats and create a safety plan tailored to the individual’s needs and concerns.

 

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Safety Planning with Adult Sexual Assault Survivors: A Guide for Advocates and Attorneys

 

 

Social Networking & Privacy Tips for Domestic & Sexual Violence Programs

NNEDV SafetyNet Project (2010)

Introduces a few important safety risks and confidentiality considerations for advocates and organizations participating in social media.

 

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Social Networking & Privacy Tips for Domestic & Sexual Violence Programs

 

 

Stalking Safety Planning Tool

Victims of Crime – Stalking Resource Center

Victims can be empowered to take steps to keep themselves, family and loved ones safe. This information highlights key considerations of safety planning.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/help-for-victims/stalking-safety-planning

 

 

Technology Safety Planning with Survivors:

Tips to discuss if someone you know is in danger.

NNEDV SafetyNet Project (Updated 2008)

Provides some simple but critical tips about phone, computer, email, instant messaging and other technology use to discuss if someone you know is in danger. It is available in the following seven languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Somali, and Russian.

 

Link to External Website:

http://nnedv.org/resources/safetynetdocs/technology-safety-plan.html

 

 

The Use of Technology to Stalk – An Online Course from the Stalking Resource Center and National Center for Victims of Crime (2012)

Provides online training to help criminal justice professionals and victim service providers recognize how stalkers use technology.

 

Link to External Website:

http://tech2stalk.com/

 

 

Walking A Tightrope – Balancing Victim Privacy and Offender Accountability In Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prosecutions – Importance of Confidentiality and Privilege Law

Viktoria Kristiansson, JD

Helps professionals in the criminal justice system address two types of victim privacy laws – confidentiality and privilege. Part I provides an overview of confidentiality laws to assist prosecutors in effectively balancing offender accountability with the safety needs and expectations of victims during criminal investigations and prosecutions.

 

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Walking A Tightrope: Balancing Victim Privacy and Offender Accountability in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prosecutions

 

 

What Police Need to Know About Stalking (Police Beat Magazine, April, 2010)

TK Logan and Teri Faragher

This article addresses key issues for law enforcement in taking steps even if an arrest can’t be made. It highlights key things to consider in assessing the stalking situation.

 

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What Police Need To Know About Stalking

 

 

 

PRESENTER’S RESOURCES

 

 

Kris Bein

 

Personal Resiliency Plan PDF

 

Standing Strong Together PDF

 

The Personal Impact of Vicarious Trauma PDF

 

Throw the Doors Wide Open PDF

 

 

TK Logan

 

Five STEPS to Helping Stalking Victims

 

Tracking the Stalker: What you need to know about documenting the stalker’s actions PDF

 

A New Framework for Understanding and Assessing Stalking: Moving Forward PDF

 

 

Meg Garvin

 

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Protecting Crime Victims From Discovery Requests in Civil Proceedings During the Pendency of a Related Criminal Case

 

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Protecting Victims’ Privacy Rights: The Use of Pseudonyms in Criminal Cases

 

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Protecting Victims’ Privacy Rights: The Use of Pseudonyms in Civil law Suits

 

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Rape Victims’ Access to Justice: Understanding and Combating Pervasive Rape Myths

 

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Refusing Discovery Requests of Privileged Materials Pretrial in Criminal Cases

 

 

Nancy Hoffman

 

West Virginia Legislative Updates for 2014 PDF

 

 

 

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Following is a list of some of the primary resources to help your community effectively address stalking and privacy issues. It is not a comprehensive list, as there are numerous local, state, national and international organizations that offer information, tools and resources.

 

 

The Confidentiality Institute: Protecting Privacy, Securing Safety

This Institute provides help on general confidentiality and privacy issues for domestic violence and sexual assault agencies.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.confidentialityinstitute.org

 

 

Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.

 

Link to External Website:

http://epic.org/

 

 

Futures Without Violence

Formerly known as the Family Violence Prevention Fund the goals of this work is to provide education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

 

 

Microsoft Safety & Security Center

This site provides resources related to computer security, digital privacy, and online safety. It includes a section on family safety.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.aspx

 

 

National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) - Victim Law Library

This library contains crime victim law publications and recorded trainings. Materials are organized by topic and may be accessed by selecting the relevant right, victim type, or procedural posture. For a collection of case summaries impacting victims’ rights, visit the New & Noteworthy Court Opinions. All information is educational and intended for informational purposes only; it does not constitute legal advice, nor does it substitute for legal advice.

 

Link to External Website:

https://law.lclark.edu/centers/national_crime_victim_law_institute/professional_resources/ncvli_library/

 

 

National Network to End Domestic Violence

The NNEDV fosters cross-sector collaborations at the state, national and international level. Publications and resources available on issues related to domestic violence including: housing, economic justice and internet and computer safety.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.nnedv.org

 

 

National Organization for Victim Assistance

This organization champions dignity and compassion for those harmed by crime and crisis.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.trynova.org/

 

 

National Stalking Resource Center

The SRC enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. Publications, safety plans, documentation logs, awareness materials, resources, tools, technical assistance and training are available.

http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center

 

 

Office for Victims of Crime-Office of Justice Programs

This site has resources to help you if you are a victim of a crime.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.ovc.gov/

 

 

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission -- consumer information and consumer advocacy. It is primarily grant-supported and serves individuals nationwide, offering information for parents on children's privacy and safety on the Internet.

 

Link to External Website:

http://www.privacyrights.org

 

 

Women's Law: State Statutes

This site offers information on partner violence and stalking laws and regulations.

 

Link to External Website:

http://womenslaw.org/