Saturday, September 24, 2005
In an effort to get medical and psychological help to victims of domestic or sexual violence, some federal lawmakers want to guarantee victims’ rights to confidentiality when they get care. The Military Victims of Violence Confidentiality Act of 2005 would protect what victims tell health care workers, counselors or victim advocates, as well as the identity of victims. It would be up to the victims to decide what information about their treatment or identity may be shared with others. . . . The bill comes on the heels of a recommendation by the Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies that victims be given a legal privilege protecting information they share with those who treat them or advocate for them. By: Deborah Funk, Times staff writer, navytimes.com Please click here for complete story (last visited September 24, 2005, REO).