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1037.5.  A victim of domestic violence, whether or not a party to
the action, has a privilege to refuse to disclose, and to prevent
another from disclosing, a confidential communication between the
victim and a domestic violence counselor in any proceeding specified
in Section 901 if the privilege is claimed by any of the following
persons:
   (a) The holder of the privilege.
   (b) A person who is authorized to claim the privilege by the
holder of the privilege.
   (c) The person who was the domestic violence counselor at the time
of the confidential communication. However, that person may not
claim the privilege if there is no holder of the privilege in
existence or if he or she is otherwise instructed by a person
authorized to permit disclosure.

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