Sharing Information in Situations Involving Intimate Partner Violence: Guidance for Professionals

This guidance assists justice, health, and social services professionals in making informed decisions about privacy, confidentiality, and public safety in situations of intimate partner violence (IPV) risk.

The guidance is intended to support professionals by explaining when Ontario’s privacy laws permit sharing personal information without consent, particularly when there’s a risk of serious harm to a person’s health or safety. 

It was developed in response to a jury recommendation from a 2022 inquest by the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario into the tragic deaths of three women due to IPV.

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