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Added Monday, October 24, 2016 by Action Alliance

The Gold Standard? Comparing Privacy in HIPAA, VAWA, FVPSA, & VOCA webinar

(as presented by NNEDV and the Safety Net team on 10/18/2016)

HIPAA, VAWA, VOCA, and FVPSA all require protection of identifying information. But are they the same? Which is more protective?  Is there a "gold standard" to follow?  NNEDV's Safety Net team took an indepth look at the similarities and differences between privacy standards set by HIPAA and those required by VAWA, FVPSA, and VOCA, offering expert insight into how to check if programs are actually following appropriate and applicable privacy laws regarding client information and data, as well as clarity about the underlying goals of these federal laws and understand how they differ.

If you were unable to attend this webinar, the recorded version of the webinar is available at

Additional materials, handouts, and templates that you can adapt (such a model release forms and MOUs) can be found in their Confidentiality Toolkit at


  • HIPAA vs. VAWA, FVPSA, VOCA Chart - Different Laws, Different Purposes Download
  • Understanding VAWA and FVPSA Language - How do these laws apply to agencies? Download
  • Understanding VOCA language - How do these laws apply to agencies? Download

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