New Hampshire Confidentiality Laws

Rape Crisis/Sexual Assault Counselor

N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 173-C:2 (2013): Confidential Communications Between Victims and Counselors

I. A victim has the privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent any other person from disclosing a confidential communication made by the victim to a sexual assault counselor or a domestic violence counselor, including any record made in the course of support, counseling, or assistance of the victim. Any confidential communication or record may be disclosed only with the prior written consent of the victim. This privilege terminates upon the death of the victim.

I-a. The privilege and confidentiality under paragraph I shall extend to:

(a) A third person present to assist communication with the victim.

(b) A third person present to assist a victim who is physically challenged.

(c) Co-participants in support group counseling of the victim.

II. Persons prevented from disclosing a confidential communication or record pursuant to paragraph I shall be exempt from the provisions of RSA 631:6.

Updated 03/2018