FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month by Highlighting "Safe at Home" Program
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month by urging Missourians to take action to protect survivors of domestic violence by learning more about the Safe at Home address confidentiality program.
"Our Safe at Home program has protected almost 2,000 women, men and children in Missouri who have escaped their abusers. The program allows participants to use a substitute mailing address so they can conceal their home address to help prevent their assailants from locating them," Kander said. "If you or anyone you know can be helped by this important service, please contact my office right away."
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program was created in 2007 to assist survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking. The program provides a substitute mailing address for participants to use on new records created with all state and local government agencies and the courts.
The secretary of state's office will forward participants' first class mail, certified mail and court documents to help keep victims’ locations confidential. In addition, the program allows participants to use the substitute address on their government records and public filings, keeping assailants from using current government documents to locate their victims.
One participant illustrated the importance of the program by saying simply, "The first peace I have known since my abuse was when I enrolled in Safe at Home."
For more information on Safe at Home, please call (866) 509-1409 or e-mail SafeAtHome@sos.mo.gov.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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