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All crime victims must be able to communicate freely with
their counselors. Not only is counseling helpful in moving
victims toward recovery, it may be essential, in some cases,
to enable a victim to escape an abusive relationship or to
effectively assist in the investigation and prosecution of a crime. The U.S. Supreme Courts ruling has given victim advocates and
victim service providers an opportunity to urge their state
legislatures to reexamine and strengthen state victim-counselor
privilege laws so victims can get the counseling they need, secure
in the knowledge that their privacy will be protected.
|Privacy of Victims' Counseling Communications, Legal Series Bulletin #8
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