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Doris Tate's Legacy

January 10, 1994|MICHAEL QUINTANILLA

The Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau, a nonprofit organization started in 1992, is dedicated to improving public safety and helping the victims of crime and their families.

The bureau, with chapters in San Rafael and San Diego, opened its headquarters in West Sacramento in July, 1993. It is named after the late victims' rights crusader Doris Tate, whose daughter, Sharon, was murdered in 1969 by members of the Charles Manson family.

The bureau works primarily with other crime-victims groups statewide to advocate passage of legislation affecting victims and their rights, says Patti Tate, a board member and sister of Sharon Tate.

Members, including the bureau's board of directors and advisory board, also monitor how elected officials vote on public safety and victims' rights legislation.

The bureau also conducts legal research on behalf of victims and their families, alerts citizens and elected officials to the escalating costs of crime and violence, and brings together crime victims groups throughout the state to coordinate their efforts and increase their effectiveness.

Information about the bureau may be obtained by calling (800) 784-2846.

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