SACRAMENTO – Legislation by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that would strengthen Family Justice Centers and increase privacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse is now on the Governor’s desk. Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr. now has 12 days to decide whether the bill will become law.
“Family Justice Centers are one-stop resource centers that have quickly become a best practice model in California and are now serving over 14,000 victims each year,” said Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego). “The model works by bringing together all of our specialized resources in one location to provide better and more convenient services to victims and their children. I believe victims are more likely to seek services if they know that they have the final say in how their information is used.”
Assembly Bill 1623 authorizes Family Justice Centers statewide and also inserts privacy protections for victims so that intake personnel cannot share information regarding the victim’s criminal history or immigration status with law enforcement. The bill also explicitly states that victims do not need to participate in the criminal justice system to receive services so they do not need to fear legal repercussions from getting the help that they need.
CONTACT: Will Shuck (916) 319-2408
Website of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins: http://asmdc.org/speaker