Interface Standards — Victim Advocacy Programs
(1)Liaison. A BIP shall designate a program staff member to serve as a liaison to at least one VP and to the Council in the BIP’s service area. Through the liaison, the BIP shall:
(a)Work collaboratively with VPs to help ensure that victims are provided informational materials about, or are referred to, a VP or other advocacy, safety planning, or assistance agencies;
(b)Provide BIP policies, procedures and informational materials, and any amendment to such policies, procedures and informational materials, to the VPs and Council for review and comment as to whether the policies, procedures and materials help ensure the safety of victims and follow best practices related to victim notification;
(c)Work cooperatively with VPs to post, in appropriate locations, information about how victims can contact the BIP, LSA or MA for more information about the BIP;
(d)Work cooperatively with VPs to discuss and respond to VP concerns or problems related to BIP interventions with batterers, or the BIP’s relationship with the LSA or MA, or both; and
(e)Develop a procedure to notify VPs when the BIP believes in good faith that such notification is necessary to prevent or lessen an imminent threat to the health or safety of the victim or the public.
(2)Imminent Threat to Health or Safety. A BIP shall disclose participant information to a VP when, and to the extent, the BIP in good faith believes such disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen an imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public. No authorization to release information is required in such circumstances.
Rule 137-087-0025 — Interface Standards — Victim Advocacy Programs,