JEFFERSON CITY — Monday marked the 10th anniversary of Missouri’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft invited program application assistants from across the state and a former program participant to join him in commemorating the program and sharing their experiences with the program over the last decade.

Safe at Home was created in 2007 as a way to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking or stalking in their efforts to stay safe. The secretary of state’s office provides a designated substitute address for survivors to use when creating new public records, as well as the option to securely forward mail to their confidential addresses. These services keep survivors’ confidential addresses out of the hands of their assailants.

“Participants in this program have often had their lives uprooted by fear, and Safe at Home is here to help protect them from the threats they face every day,” Ashcroft said. “For 10 years, this office has worked to protect every single participant, and we will continue to provide those safeguards to reduce the potential for further abuse.”

Ashcroft is working with Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Jason Smith to introduce federal legislation that would require the federal government to recognize the address confidentiality programs of 36 states. The legislation would strengthen protections for domestic violence victims participating in state programs like Safe at Home.

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