1.6 Confidentiality

Confidentiality

  • Explain to the patient and caregivers that information gathered during the examination/ follow-up medical forensic care will be included in the medical record and shared with investigative entities.
  • The patient and caregivers may wrongly assume that medical records from the examination are protected health information and may be unaware that privacy laws may be overridden in cases of sexual abuse.
  • Due to mandatory reporting laws, parent/guardian consent is not required to release information to investigative agencies. This is an exception to HIPAA. Release of records for an investigation of sexual abuse should not be delayed for parental signatures.
Office on Violence Against Women. (2013)