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‘Safe at Home’ keeps crime victims’ locations private
Nearly 3,200 people have enrolled in “Safe at Home,” Minnesota’s address confidentiality program — hundreds of households, most with children, which have been able to use a substitute address to prevent previous abusers, stalkers or others they fear knowing where they reside. Program participants have represented every Minnesota county. Safe at Home is administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Safe at Home began in September 2007. It offers participants a substitute P.O. Box address for all of their interactions with private and public entities. By keeping their actual addresses off employment, school, utility and other accessible records and public information, it makes it very difficult for offenders to locate them. About 30 other states have similar address confidentiality programs. Currently, there are more than 1,600 Safe at Home participants in 700 households; about 900 participants are children. The number of program participants has increased steadily each year since it was established, from 111 people in 2008.
Before enrolling, many participants moved frequently for safety reasons and limited their activities out of fear. The substitute address allows them to have more stable home lives, employment, economic outlooks and schooling for children.
Safe at Home program information is available on the Secretary of State website.