Victims of domestic violence have a right to the privacy of their medical records.
There is no mandatory reporting of domestic violence in Rhode Island, unless the case falls under one of Rhode Island's mandatory reporting categories, which include gunshot wounds, abuse of children, abuse of persons with developmental disabilities, and abuse of elders.
Hospitals and doctors who share the medical information of a patient without that patient's permission when they are not required to do so by law may face fines and other sanctions under state and federal laws.
To learn more, review the following:
Rhode Island Confidentiality of Health Care Communications and Information Act
Federal HIPAA Privacy Rule