As of October 1st, 2015, certain information shared between certified advocates and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking is protected under Oregon state law.
According to Oregon Revised Statutes § 40.264 (2015) and Oregon Administrative Rules 137-085, advocates are only considered to be “certified” and have legally privileged status and protections in their communications with victims if they:
- have completed at least forty (40) hours of training in advocacy for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking that meets the minimum training requirements set out in OAR 137-085-0080; AND
- are a current employee of or a volunteer with a qualified community-, campus-, or tribal-based advocacy program.
Additionally, confidentiality protections for communications between survivors and certified advocates are promulgated through the qualified victim services program, not the individual advocate. Work performed by advocates outside the purview of their certifying victim services program may not be protected.
- Advocate Privilege and Confidentiality (Oregon Department of Justice – Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division)
Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)
Laws and regulations
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
Oregon Department of Justice - Crime Victims Services Division (CVSD)
Training requirements advocates
Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)