Data Protection and Privacy

What information we collect, why we collect it, how we use it, how we store it and how you can request to see it.

Who are we?

RISE is a registered charity working with people affected by domestic abuse. 

Our aims are to:

  • Support you and your family in whatever choices you make
  • Explain choices that are available to you
  • Create a safe environment for you to disclose sensitive and personal information
  • Respect your decisions

The following information explains how we treat any personal information we collect about you, yourself and others and your circumstances when you access our services.

What we ask of you.

Please help us to stay safe.  We ask that you respect the safety and confidentiality of our staff and other clients that you come into contact with, by not sharing information with others outside the organisation; this includes names, telephone numbers and locations of RISE services.

What information do we collect about you?

We collect information about you and your family as you work with RISE, this includes:

  • personal details about you, for example your age, your health, and safe ways to contact you;
  • personal details about your children and the alleged perpetrator;
  • details about what is happening or has happened;
  • any risks that you or your family are experiencing;
  • information about anyone else supporting you

We also collect information when you voluntarily complete surveys and provide feedback on our services.

Why do we collect this information and how will we use it?

We collect information about you in order to support you and your family to stay safe.

  • We share information with other agencies. We have a shared case management system with domestic and sexual violence support services in Brighton and Hove and East Sussex. There may be times when it is useful for someone from RISE to share information about you with other agencies.  When this happens a RISE staff person will contact you to ask permission for the information to be shared – you have a right to say yes or no to this request.
  • If we have concerns for the safety or well being of a child or vulnerable person, we may have to share information with relevant agencies without your consent.   
  • When a RISE staff person considers you or your family to be at high risk of serious harm, they may share your information to try and keep you safe.  We will always try to discuss this with you as soon as we can, if it is safe to do so. The agencies that we usually share information with in these cases are the Police, Social Services, or a multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC).
  • If you disclose a relevant incident to us which you have not disclosed to the police, we may have to share this at the MARAC meeting.
  • The police now have to record this incident on their systems. If you do not want them to investigate this incident any further, we can request this on your behalf.
  • Depending on the circumstances, they may make the decision to investigate without your consent. If you disclose to us any information about any illegal or offensive weapons which are accessible or terrorism we are obligated to let the police know.  We will endeavour to ensure that any risk to you or anyone else will be taken into consideration in this process. 

We will also use this information to improve the service we offer you and others

  • We might make your story anonymous and then use your details and information to share with other agencies and researchers outside the organisation.  This helps us
    • to understand who is accessing our services;
    • to understand how the service is supporting all its clients;
    • to understand more about domestic violence and abuse; and
    • to find the best ways to improve the lives of people who are affected by domestic violence and abuse.
  • We share information in this way to ensure that your or your families identities will never be released

As part of our relationship we will record information about other people.  Under the Data Protection Act they have the right to request to see information about themselves, but not about you.  In assessing these requests we seek to ensure the safety and security or you and your family.

How is your information stored?

Most information will be stored in a secure web-based database which is held in a secure location separate from our offices.  Any paperwork will be held in a case file held in secure filing cabinets in the organisation.  We will keep your information for 6 years after you stop working with us, in case there are any problems.  Any financial information will be held for 7 years as per legal regulations.

How can you see the information we have collected?

You have a right to request to view or receive a copy of information that we hold about you.  If you would like make a request, please write to RISE, PO Box 889, Brighton BN2 1GH.  We do make a small £10 charge for this.  We want to make sure that information we hold is accurate and up to date.  You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

What do you do if you have any problems with our service?

Sometimes things do not go to plan.  If you have a problem or feel unhappy with any part of our service we ask that you contact us immediately.  You can do this informally through your key worker or their manager.  Or if you would prefer you can write to the manager of the service at RISE, PO Box 889, Brighton BN2 1GH.  We will investigate the situation and write back to you as quickly as we can.  Full details of our complaints policy and how to complain are on this website.