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Walker signs bills expanding crime victim rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is signing bills designed to help crime victims.

One measure Walker signed Monday gives sexual assault victims the right to be accompanied by an advocate when navigating the legal and medical systems.

Another bill he signed increases the funeral and burial allowance to relatives of homicide victims from $2,000 to $5,000. It would also allow the parent of a child who was the victim to receive compensation up to $3,000 for economic losses for mental health treatment.

Another bill Walker planned to sign would ensure victims can learn when their offender’s parole has been revoked.

Another measure to be signed would give domestic abuse victims the right to transfer rights to their phone numbers from their abusers to themselves.

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