Trauma Informed Reporting

Trauma informed reporting begins with recognizing that a report made against a patient’s wishes may lead to feelings of helplessness and frustration. Providers should inform patients about the process of reporting to help them understand what to expect and involve them in making the report. These actions can minimize the untoward effects of reporting and give a patient more of a sense of control through the process.

Sample script:
“I do have to make a report, but you are welcome to listen as I call in the report, so you know what is being said and there are no surprises. I can also put in the report any concerns you have about what will happen if your partner finds out about the report.”

Offer to connect the patient to an advocate on the phone to create a safety plan around potential retaliation by her partner after the report is made.

Please see the clinical guidelines below for more discussion and resources on disclosing limits of confidentiality and trauma informed reporting.

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