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Mexico enacts law to help victims of crime with costs of medical and psychiatric care

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    A woman holds up images of alleged crime victims during an event in which Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto enacted a general law on victims of crime at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs and it mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of victims of crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    People hold up images of alleged crime victims during an event in which Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto enacted a general law on victims of crime at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs and it mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of victims of crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and the Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, hug each other during an event to enact a general law on victims of crime at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs and it mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of victims of crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    People hold up images of alleged crime victims as they demonstrate during an event in which Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto enacted a general law on victims of crime at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs and it mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of victims of crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, leader of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity attends an event in which Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto enacted a general law on victims of crime at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs and it mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of victims of crime. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

Mexican President Enrique Pena has enacted a law mandating that the state help victims of crime and their relatives with payments and social services.

The law requires local and federal authorities to compensate victims by covering their health and psychiatric care costs. It also mandates the creation of a relief fund and a national registry of crime victims.

The law enacted Wednesday says the funds will come from the lower house budget but doesn't set out how much money would be assigned to helping crime victims and their relatives.

The ratification of the law was one of the main demands of civil groups demanding the government do more to help the thousands of victims of drug-related violence. It goes into effect in 30 days.