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Legal Statutes: Alaska

UPDATED September 14, 2017

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ARTICLE 3. CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS

back to topSec. 18.66.250. Definitions

In AS 18.66.200-18.66.250,

(1) “confidential communication” means information exchanged between a victim and a victim counselor in private or in the presence of a third party who is necessary to facilitate communication or further the counseling process and that is disclosed in the course of victim counseling resulting from a sexual assault or domestic violence;

(2) “sexual assault” means an offense under AS 11.41.410-11.41.470 or an offense in another jurisdiction whose elements are similar to the elements of an offense under AS 11.41.410-11.41.470;

(3) “victim” means a person who consults a victim counselor for assistance in overcoming adverse effects of a sexual assault or domestic violence;

(4) “victim counseling” means support, assistance, advice, or treatment to alleviate the adverse effects of a sexual assault or domestic violence on the victim;

(5) “victim counseling center” means a private organization, an organization operated by or contracted by a branch of the armed forces of the United States, or a local government agency that

(A) has, as one of its primary purposes, the provision of direct services to victims for trauma resulting from a sexual assault or domestic violence;

(B) is not affiliated with a law enforcement agency or a prosecutor's office; and

(C) is not on contract with the state to provide services under AS 47;

(6) “victim counselor” means an employee or supervised volunteer of a victim counseling center that provides counseling to victims

(A) who has undergone a minimum of 40 hours of training in domestic violence or sexual assault, crisis intervention, victim support, treatment and related areas; or

(B) whose duties include victim counseling.

SLA 1992, ch. 95, § 3; SLA 1996, ch. 64, § 73. Amended by SLA 2013, ch. 43, § 28, eff. July 1, 2013.