Disclose Limits of Confidentiality
In any state, but particularly if you are in a state with some IPV specific reporting requirements, it is important that providers always disclose any limits of confidentiality prior to discussion about IPV.
See Sample Script below:
“I’m really glad you came in today. Before we get started I want you to know that everything you share with me is confidential, unless (fill in state law here and likely this will look different for an adolescent than for an adult) you have been injured by a weapon, forced to have sex by someone or are suicidal – those things I would have to report ok?”
Please see the clinical guidelines below for more discussion and resources on disclosing limits of confidentiality and trauma informed reporting.
- A Guide to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion
- Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse