(a) A city, county, city and county, or community-based
nonprofit organization may each establish a multiagency,
multidisciplinary family justice center to assist victims of domestic
violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent adult abuse, and human
trafficking, to ensure that victims of abuse are able to access all
needed services in one location in order to enhance victim safety,
increase offender accountability, and improve access to services for
victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent
adult abuse, and human trafficking.
(b) For purposes of this title, the following terms have the
(1) "Abuse" has the same meaning as set forth in Section 6203 of
the Family Code.
(2) "Domestic violence" has the same meaning as set forth in
Section 6211 of the Family Code.
(3) "Sexual assault" means an act or attempt made punishable by
Section 220, 261, 261.5, 262, 264.1, 266c, 269, 285, 286, 288, 288.5,
288a, 289, or 647.6.
(4) "Elder or dependent adult abuse" means an act made punishable
by Section 368.
(5) "Human trafficking" has the same meaning as set forth in
(c) For purposes of this title, family justice centers shall be
defined as multiagency, multidisciplinary service centers where
public and private agencies assign staff members on a full-time or
part-time basis in order to provide services to victims of domestic
violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent adult abuse, or human
trafficking from one location in order to reduce the number of times
victims must tell their story, reduce the number of places victims
must go for help, and increase access to services and support for
victims and their children. Staff members at a family justice center
may be comprised of, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Law enforcement personnel.
(2) Medical personnel.
(3) District attorneys and city attorneys.
(4) Victim-witness program personnel.
(5) Domestic violence shelter service staff.
(6) Community-based rape crisis, domestic violence, and human
(7) Social service agency staff members.
(8) Child welfare agency social workers.
(9) County health department staff.
(10) City or county welfare and public assistance workers.
(11) Nonprofit agency counseling professionals.
(12) Civil legal service providers.
(13) Supervised volunteers from partner agencies.
(14) Other professionals providing services.
(d) Nothing in this section is intended to abrogate existing laws
regarding privacy or information sharing. Family justice center staff
members shall comply with the laws governing their respective
(e) Victims of crime shall not be denied services on the grounds
of criminal history. No criminal history search shall be conducted of
a victim at a family justice center without the victim's written
consent unless the criminal history search is pursuant to a criminal
(f) Victims of crime shall not be required to participate in the
criminal justice system or cooperate with law enforcement in order to
receive counseling, medical care, or other services at a family
(g) (1) Each family justice center shall consult with
community-based domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or dependent
adult abuse, and human trafficking agencies in partnership with
survivors of violence and abuse and their advocates in the operations
process of the family justice center, and shall establish procedures
for the ongoing input, feedback, and evaluation of the family
justice center by survivors of violence and abuse and community-based
crime victim service providers and advocates.
(2) Each family justice center shall develop policies and
procedures, in collaboration with local community-based crime victim
service providers and local survivors of violence and abuse, to
ensure coordinated services are provided to victims and to enhance
the safety of victims and professionals at the family justice center
who participate in affiliated survivor-centered support or advocacy
groups. Each family justice center shall maintain a formal client
feedback, complaint, and input process to address client concerns
about services provided or the conduct of any family justice center
professionals, agency partners, or volunteers providing services in
the family justice center.
(h) (1) Each family justice center shall maintain a client consent
policy and shall be in compliance with all state and federal laws
protecting the confidentiality of the types of information and
documents that may be in a victim's file, including, but not limited
to, medical, legal, and victim counselor records. Each family justice
center shall have a designated privacy officer to develop and
oversee privacy policies and procedures consistent with state and
federal privacy laws and the Fair Information Practice Principles
promulgated by the United States Department of Homeland Security. At
no time shall a victim be required to sign a client consent form to
share information in order to access services.
(2) Each family justice center is required to obtain informed,
written, reasonably time limited, consent from the victim before
sharing information obtained from the victim with any staff member or
agency partner, except as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4).
(3) A family justice center is not required to obtain consent from
the victim before sharing information obtained from the victim with
any staff member or agency partner if the person is a mandated
reporter, a peace officer, or a member of the prosecution team and is
required to report or disclose specific information or incidents.
These persons shall inform the victim that they may share information
obtained from the victim without the victim's consent.
(4) Each family justice center is required to inform the victim
that information shared with staff members or partner agencies at a
family justice center may be shared with law enforcement
professionals without the victim's consent if there is a mandatory
duty to report, or the client is a danger to himself or herself, or
others. Each family justice center shall obtain written
acknowledgment that the victim has been informed of this policy.
(5) Consent by a victim for sharing information within a family
justice center pursuant to this section shall not be construed as a
universal waiver of any existing evidentiary privilege that makes
confidential any communications or documents between the victim and
any service provider, including, but not limited to, any lawyer,
advocate, sexual assault or domestic violence counselor as defined in
Section 1035.2 or 1037.1 of the Evidence Code, human trafficking
caseworker as defined in Section 1038.2 of the Evidence Code,
therapist, doctor, or nurse. Any oral or written communication or any
document authorized by the victim to be shared for the purposes of
enhancing safety and providing more effective and efficient services
to the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder or
dependent adult abuse, or human trafficking shall not be disclosed to
any third party, unless that third-party disclosure is authorized by
the victim, or required by other state or federal law or by court
(i) An individual staff member, volunteer, or agency that has
victim information governed by this section shall not be required to
disclose that information unless the victim has consented to the
disclosure or it is otherwise required by other state or federal law
or by court order.
(j) A disclosure of information consented to by the victim in a
family justice center, made for the purposes of clinical assessment,
risk assessment, safety planning, or service delivery, shall not be
deemed a waiver of any privilege or confidentiality provision
contained in Sections 2263, 2918, 4982, and 6068 of the Business and
Professions Code, the lawyer-client privilege protected by Article 3
(commencing with Section 950) of Chapter 4 of Division 8 of the
Evidence Code, the physician-patient privilege protected by Article 6
(commencing with Section 990) of Chapter 4 of Division 8 of the
Evidence Code, the psychotherapist-patient privilege protected by
Article 7 (commencing with Section 1010) of Chapter 4 of Division 8
of the Evidence Code, the sexual assault counselor-victim privilege
protected by Article 8.5 (commencing with Section 1035) of Chapter 4
of Division 8 of the Evidence Code, or the domestic violence
counselor-victim privilege protected by Article 8.7 (commencing with
Section 1037) of Chapter 4 of Division 8 of the Evidence Code.