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The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) will collect and process your data in line with General Data Processing Regulations (GDPR).
We are only entitled to hold and process your data where the law allows us to. The current law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which we may collect and process your personal data.
The type of information we collect & why
When you are initially referred to us or you self-refer we will store your information on our internal systems. The main purpose for our holding your data is to provide you with the right support based upon your circumstances. We may also need to process your data with partners organisations like our panel solicitors and process servers. This information will be provided to us by the initial referrer, a support worker or yourself.
Under the UK general data protection regulation, the lawful basis we rely on processing this data is that we have a legitimate interest.
The data we obtain will include contact information (address, email and telephone number), Identity information (first name, last name, marital status, gender, date of birth etc) and profile information (the personal reason why you are in contact with us and the circumstances leading to this).
We may record telephone calls and we do this in the interests of offering a good service. If you opt out, we will not record the call.
Your data continues to be processed on a legitimate basis however as directed by the courts or other parties we may additionally have a legal obligation to process your data.
Keeping your data safe
NCDV take appropriate organisational and technological steps to ensure your data is secure and never processed without a lawful basis.
How long do we keep your data
We will keep the data we hold for you for a period of 60 months after which it will be securely erased or anonymised. We retain this data for this length of time for a number of reasons; on occasion we will help with an extension to an injunction that will increase the life of the original order. Holding these records will also help us to provide you and other authorised parties with updates and create a stronger application to the courts if your original order expires.
Once our retention period has expired we may retain an anonymised record for statistical purposes. We do this to contribute to various campaigns regarding the issue of domestic abuse and to improve our services; no individual can be identified with these files.
We will retain ASSIST documents in perpetuity to assist the police with domestic homicide reviews.
We use third party service providers to help us to fulfil our engagements with you. We have joint data processor agreements in place with solicitors and Data Processer agreements with Process Servers.
We will never sell your data and we will never knowingly provide your data to any organisation that will use it for marketing purposes.
NCDV run a newsletter which provides valuable updates on our services and the issue of domestic violence. When making a referral you will be asked whether you wish to receive this. For us to provide this to you we will need to retain your email address. If you inform us that you wish to receive this and then change your mind you use the unsubscribe option on every newsletter.
We use Mailchimp to run our referrers newsletter. Mailchimp store data outside of the European Union, they have committed to the US-Swiss Data Protection Frameworks and have embraced current European data protection regulations.
Breaching confidentiality without approval
On very rare occasions NCDV may be required to breach confidentiality without first obtaining your approval.
If you or a third party are at high and immediate risk of serious physical harm or death.
If we receive information that a child is being abused or neglected.
If we receive a court order to do so.
If we receive information relating to terrorist activities or a bomb threat.
When a member of NCDV staff is threatened.
Your data protection rights
Under data protection law, you have rights including:
You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights.
If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.
When you visit our website we may collect information to help us understand how victims and referrers use our site. This information can consist of which browser you are using, IP Address, the time of your visit and which pages you downloaded. We cannot use this information to find out other information about you and will not provide this to any third party unless we are required by law. We obtain this information using a cookie, a cookie is a small text file placed on your device. You can manage these manually using your browser settings.
How to complain
If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at [email protected]
You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.
The ICO’s address:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website: https://www.ico.org.uk