The purpose of the information sharing law in the Family Violence Act is to encourage agencies and practitioners to work together to identify, stop, prevent, and respond to family violence.
The information sharing law authorises agencies to release information, but it does not require them to do so.
The information sharing parts of the law refers to a:
A family violence agency or social services practitioner can request or disclose personal information about tamariki or whānau if the information will be used to:
The agency holding the information may disclose information if it believes on reasonable grounds that disclosure of the information will or may help to achieve the purposes above.
Keeping victims safe from family violence should take priority over any obligation of confidentiality and any limits under the Privacy Act.
Overall, the law authorises the sharing of information where it is intended to identify, stop, prevent, and respond to family violence.
Tamariki in Family Violence Proceedings