How does FVPSA confidentiality differ from VAWA confidentiality?
A: With the 2010 amendment, the U.S. federal FVPSA confidentiality obligations (42 USC
§10402) specifically parallel those of VAWA 2005. FVPSA prohibits their grantees from disclosing,
revealing or releasing any victim’s confidential or private information without the victim’s informed,
written and reasonably time‐limited consent. All disclosures are prohibited unless compelled by
statutory or court mandate. If disclosure of victim information is forced, adequate safety protections
must be offered. Like VAWA, they include steps such as such as limiting release only to entities with a
specific need to know, only providing the minimum amount of information necessary, taking steps to
protect the privacy and safety of those impacted by the disclosure, and, making reasonable attempts
to notify the victim of the disclosure.