Published in Women's Health Weekly, August 4th, 1997
The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruled in favor of the New Hope Shelter for women in Attleboro, Massachusetts, which had refused to turn over domestic abuse counseling records for a woman who was allegedly battered and raped by a former boyfriend.
Defense lawyers seek such records to try to help their clients' cases.
The SJC made it harder in 1996 for the defense to get records of a different kind of counseling - rape crisis counseling. It ruled that those records could only be released to a...
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