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Video and surveillance cameras are increasingly being used by agencies and collaborations as part of security systems, to document interviews or capture evidence, for monitoring at supervised visitation centers, as part of medical examinations, for web‐conferencing, for video interpreter or video relay, and for virtual protection order hearings. This tip sheet briefly highlights: how video cameras work; how agencies and partnerships are or might use video cameras; and, some risks, benefits, and things to consider including interception, safety planning, confidentiality, upfront notification, legal issues and informed consent.

This piece was created by the NNEDV Safety Net Project to assist agencies and partnerships with identifying and addressing victim safety concerns that can arise from using video technology in various ways. It is also meant to help  U.S. DOJ Office of Violence Against Women grantees spot issues that may benefit from a more in-depth review of technology plans and implementation in order to ensure your agency or collaboration is most effectively addressing victim safety concerns.