Confidentiality Institute
Protecting privacy. Securing safety.

Confidentiality Institute

Protecting privacy.  Securing safety.

Privacy is Key.

  • When violence survivors reach out for help, they still want control over what happens to their information – whether it is their identity, their location, or the details of their traumatic experience.  

  • A survivor-centered, trauma-informed response to violence respects the autonomy and privacy choices of people who have been harmed by someone else.

Confidentiality is the Law.

  • Federal law and most states require that victim service providers and healthcare systems protect the privacy of the people they serve.

  • But the laws can vary - “confidentiality” is a generic term with different legal requirements depending on your profession and your jurisdiction.

Confidentiality Institute can Help.

  • Anti-violence professionals face enormous challenges in creating effective policies that protect survivor privacy, facilitate productive collaboration, and comply with funder demands & legal requirements.

  • Confidentiality Institute offers unmatched expertise on a wide range of survivor privacy and organizational practice issues.

  • Confidentiality Institute will work with your organization or community collaboration to provide customized interactive training, on-call technical assistance, and localized toolkits to promote best practices.


Upcoming events

Confidentiality Institute events (pictured above) are interactive, entertaining, and hands on. Photo by Mariah Karson.

Confidentiality Institute events (pictured above) are interactive, entertaining, and hands on. Photo by Mariah Karson.


Fall 2019 Conference
National Human Services Data Consortium
October 17, 2019, Austin, TX

Improving Criminal Justice Responses Grantee Orientation
Office of Violence Against Women
November 19, 2019, New Orleans, LA

Consolidated Youth Grantee Orientation
Office of Violence Against Women
November 20, 2019, New Orleans, LA

Transitional Housing Grantee Orientation
National Network to End Domestic Violence
January 23, 2020, New Orleans, LA 


Institute News & Confidentiality Developments

Introducing the Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy

Confidentiality Institute Director Alicia Aiken and attorney Sam Tuttle launched the Danu Center for Strategic Advocacy in January 2019 to support the work of change-makers and help advocates and mission-based organizations build the tools of social justice. Danu Center has particular expertise in strategic program design that addresses the complexities of inter-disciplinary teams, especially when lawyers, social workers, and advocates are navigating various ethical requirements and disclosure/confidentiality rules. Through its Policy Project, the Danu Center helps social service, advocacy, and legal organizations create policy agendas that marry the organization’s capacity and mission. Learn more online or contact the Danu Center for more information.


Standing up for Survivors on Proposed HIPAA changes

In partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and the National Center on Domestic Violence, Mental Health & Trauma, Danu Center’s Confidentiality Institute submitted comments on a proposal to loosen HIPAA Privacy regulations.  Danu Center is concerned that the proposed changes will undermine access to health care and increase danger for violence survivors, especially those with mental health diagnoses and those struggling with substance abuse.  Read the comments here.




2018 Sharon L. Corbitt Award winner

Confidentiality Institute Director Alicia Aiken, JD, has been named the 2018 Sharon L. Corbitt Award winner. The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence created this award in 2008 to recognize service by lawyers from all areas of practice who demonstrate exemplary service to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking.  As a 21 year old law student, Alicia Aiken began working directly with violence survivors at University of Michigan’s Family Law Project. Soon after, she began teaching others to make sense of the laws around gender violence as an Instructor at Michigan, and started working with Confidentiality Institute’s Founder, Hon. Julie Kunce Field, to build a survivor-centered approach to representing clients.  Ms. Aiken has been doing different versions of teaching about and representing survivors ever since. She is honored (and a little flabbergasted) to be recognized by the ABA and to be included in a group with the awe-inspiring people who have received the Sharon L. Corbitt Award in the past.