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Summary of Victims’ Rights


The California Victims’ Bill of Rights, also known as Marsy’s Law, was enacted by voters on November 4, 2008. This measure amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims. (Cal. Const., Article 1, section 28 (a)-(e).) The Victims’ Bill of Rights provides crime victims with the following rights, as summarized below:

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Rights for Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence is abuse perpetrated against any of the following persons:

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Rights for Sexual Assault Victims

It is important to know and understand that any sexual assault is a crime. Sexual assault by a person who is known to the victim as an acquaintance, date, friend, spouse or family member are all crimes and should be reported immediately to law enforcement. Sexual assault victims should immediately notify law enforcement of potential crimes and advise if they are injured or in need of medical treatment.

Laws specifically governing sexual assault provide the following rights to victims:

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