42 U.S. Code § 10607 - Services to victims
(a) Designation of responsible officials
The head of each department and agency of the United States engaged in the detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime shall designate by names and office titles the persons who will be responsible for identifying the victims of crime and performing the services described in subsection (c) of this section at each stage of a criminal case.
(b) Identification of victims
At the earliest opportunity after the detection of a crime at which it may be done without interfering with an investigation, a responsible official shall—
(2) inform the victims of their right to receive, on request, the services described in subsection (c) of this section; and
(c) Description of services
(1) A responsible official shall—
(A) inform a victim of the place where the victim may receive emergency medical and social services;
(B) inform a victim of any restitution or other relief to which the victim may be entitled under this or any other law and  manner in which such relief may be obtained;
(C) inform a victim of public and private programs that are available to provide counseling, treatment, and other support to the victim; and
(2) A responsible official shall arrange for a victim to receive reasonable protection from a suspected offender and persons acting in concert with or at the behest of the suspected offender.
(3) During the investigation and prosecution of a crime, a responsible official shall provide a victim the earliest possible notice of—
(A) the status of the investigation of the crime, to the extent it is appropriate to inform the victim and to the extent that it will not interfere with the investigation;
(D) the scheduling of each court proceeding that the witness is either required to attend or, under section 10606 (b)(4)  of this title, is entitled to attend;
(F) the acceptance of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or the rendering of a verdict after trial; and
(4) During court proceedings, a responsible official shall ensure that a victim is provided a waiting area removed from and out of the sight and hearing of the defendant and defense witnesses.
(5) After trial, a responsible official shall provide a victim the earliest possible notice of—
(B) the escape, work release, furlough, or any other form of release from custody of the offender; and
(6) At all times, a responsible official shall ensure that any property of a victim that is being held for evidentiary purposes be maintained in good condition and returned to the victim as soon as it is no longer needed for evidentiary purposes.
(7) The Attorney General or the head of another department or agency that conducts an investigation of a sexual assault shall pay, either directly or by reimbursement of payment by the victim, the cost of a physical examination of the victim which an investigating officer determines was necessary or useful for evidentiary purposes. The Attorney General shall provide for the payment of the cost of up to 2 anonymous and confidential tests of the victim for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis, during the 12 months following sexual assaults that pose a risk of transmission, and the cost of a counseling session by a medically trained professional on the accuracy of such tests and the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases to the victim as the result of the assault. A victim may waive anonymity and confidentiality of any tests paid for under this section.
(d) No cause of action or defense
This section does not create a cause of action or defense in favor of any person arising out of the failure of a responsible person to provide information as required by subsection (b) or (c) of this section.
For the purposes of this section—
(1) the term “responsible official” means a person designated pursuant to subsection (a) of this section to perform the functions of a responsible official under that section; and
(2) the term “victim” means a person that has suffered direct physical, emotional, or pecuniary harm as a result of the commission of a crime, including—
(A) in the case of a victim that is an institutional entity, an authorized representative of the entity; and
(B) in the case of a victim who is under 18 years of age, incompetent, incapacitated, or deceased, one of the following (in order of preference):
 So in original. Probably should be followed by “the”.
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Pub. L. 101–647, title V, § 503,Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4820; Pub. L. 103–322, title IV, § 40503(a),Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 1946.)
References in Text
Section 10606 (b)(4) of this title, referred to in subsec. (c)(3)(D), was in the original “section 1102 (b)(4)”, meaning section 1102(b)(4) ofPub. L. 101–647, which has been translated as reading section 502(b)(4) ofPub. L. 101–647to reflect the probable intent of Congress because Pub. L. 101–647does not contain a section 1102 andsection 502 (b)(4) relates to the right of crime victims to be present at public court proceedings. Section 10606 of this title was subsequently repealed by Pub. L. 108–405, title I, § 102(c),Oct. 30, 2004, 118 Stat. 2264.
Section enacted as part of the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 and also as part of the Crime Control Act of 1990, and not as part of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 which comprises this chapter.
1994—Subsec. (c)(7). Pub. L. 103–322inserted at end “The Attorney General shall provide for the payment of the cost of up to 2 anonymous and confidential tests of the victim for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis, during the 12 months following sexual assaults that pose a risk of transmission, and the cost of a counseling session by a medically trained professional on the accuracy of such tests and the risk of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases to the victim as the result of the assault. A victim may waive anonymity and confidentiality of any tests paid for under this section.”
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