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D O R I S  G.  T A T E
January 16, 1924 - July 10, 1992

Wife, Mother, Victims Rights Crusader

Doris Gwendolyn Tate became a leader in the Victims Rights Movement after the brutal murder of her eldest daughter, actress Sharon Tate, in 1969.

Doris Tate was the first relative in the state of California to speak before the parole board, at a hearing for one of her daughter's murderers. She campaigned vigorously to help get the bill signed into law.

It is now a law in all states that victims and the relatives of victims get to make impact statements at trials and parole hearings.

It had been her wish to unify crime victim organizations throughout California to help give victims a stronger voice. The Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau is led by five board members, all victims of violent crime or representatives of law enforcement.

On May 12th, 1992, the 'Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau' was created and named in her honor at a ceremony in Sacramento, which she attended with her daughters Debra and Patti. It was to be her last public appearance. Mrs. Tate passed away of brain cancer on July 10, 1992. The DTCVB had commissioned a painting of Doris Tate and it hung on the walls of their office for nine years. It was then given as a gift to Debra in 2001.

The Doris Tate Crime Victims Bureau, is a statewide organization active in making changes through the legislature and the criminal justice system.

Doris Tate received numerous awards and commendations during her years of selfless service for the Victims Rights Movement. Among them, she was designated as one of the "Thousand Points of Light" by President George H.W. Bush in April 1992.

Pictured from Left:
President Bush,
Doris Tate, Patti Tate
and Debra Tate in front of Air Force One in Los Angeles

One woman's pain and passion has helped many, her spirit will live on through her good works.

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