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incentives and rewards for exemplary performance.

e.Providers should establish ways to improve coordination of services with other relevant systems, such as through information-sharing mechanisms, case-tracking systems, case conferencing, and written interagency agreements.

While there are often legal, regulatory, professional, and logistical barriers to openly sharing information, interagency communication mechanisms should maximize the amount of relevant information to be shared without infringing on the privacy and confidentiality rights of the parties involved. Communication mechanisms are essential to ensure that there is consistency and compatibility between court orders, treatment plans, safety plans, and other case plans for individual victims and abusers.

f.Providers across all systems should ensure that information about victims that is collected and stored is secure, that appropriate precautions are taken to prevent access by abusers to information about their partners, and that there exist clear and commensurate sanctions for security violations.

Confidentiality is a critical issue for battered women who are often victims of stalking by partners or former partners. One of the ways in which abusers have been successful in locating  partners who have fled dangerous situations is through access to public records and/or databases, or by gaining unauthorized access to confidential records. This practice can be thwarted by the effective use of information security measures combined with the imposition of serious sanctions for violations.

g.Providers across all systems should actively participate in local Task Forces or Coalitions dedicated to improving a community's coordinated response to domestic violence. The necessary resources (staff time, travel, etc.) should be provided to this effort, and Task Force/Coalition representatives should have the appropriate authority to make participation meaningful.

Many communities have existing Domestic Violence Task

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