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Legal Statutes: North Dakota

UPDATED December 17, 2015

North Dakota Statutes

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Chapter 14-07.1 Domestic Violence

back to top14-07.1-18. Domestic violence or sexual assault program records -- Confidentiality -- Exceptions -- Penalty

1. All agents, employees, and volunteers participating in a domestic violence or sexual assault program shall maintain the confidentiality of the: a. Address, telephone number, and other identifying information of a shelter, safe home, and place of emergency safe housing; b. Name, address, telephone number, personally identifying information, and case file or history of any client receiving services from a domestic violence or sexual assault program; and c. Name, address, telephone number, and other identifying information of an agent, employee, or volunteer providing services under a domestic violence or sexual assault program.

2. The information described in subsection 1 is not subject to section 44-04-18 and may not be disclosed unless:

a. A client consents to the release of information that relates only to that client or the client's dependents;

b. The agent, employee, or volunteer operating a domestic violence or sexual assault program determines the disclosure of the information necessary for the efficient and safe operation of a domestic violence or sexual assault program; or for the protection of the safety of an employee, agent, volunteer, or client of a domestic violence or sexual assault program; or for the protection of a third party reasonably thought to be in need of protection;

c. A court of competent jurisdiction orders the disclosure after an in-camera review and a written finding by the court that the information directly and specifically relates to a determination of child abuse and neglect under chapter 50-25.1 or termination of parental rights under sections 14-15-19, 27-20-44, 27-20-45, 27-20-46, 27-20-47, and 27-20-48; or d. An agent, employee, or volunteer working with a domestic violence or sexual assault program has knowledge or reasonable cause to suspect a child has been abused or neglected as defined by section 50-25.1-02.

3. Any person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction.
S.L. 1989, ch. 177, § 18; 1989 ch. 179, § 1; 1993, ch. 149, § 1.