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State promotes address protection for people at risk of violence

SAINT PAUL -- To mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Minnesota, Secretary of State Steve Simon on Thursday reminded Minnesotans who fear for their safety, including victims of domestic violence, about the Secretary's Safe a...

SAINT PAUL - To mark the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Minnesota, Secretary of State Steve Simon on Thursday reminded Minnesotans who fear for their safety, including victims of domestic violence, about the Secretary's Safe at Home address confidentiality program.

"The Safe at Home program has assisted thousands of Minnesotans since its inception and is critical to ensuring protection for victims of domestic violence," Simon said in a release. "I encourage any Minnesotan who fears for their safety to meet with an application assistant and determine if enrolling in the Safe at Home program is an appropriate step to take. I've learned firsthand while traveling the state that this service has saved lives and I will work day and night to strengthen it as long as I'm Secretary of State."

Safe at Home assists Minnesotans who wish to keep the location of their physical residence private for personal safety reasons, often because they are victims of domestic violence and stalking. Participants enrolled in Safe at Home use a P.O. Box as their legal address for all purposes. First class mail sent to the P.O. Box is forwarded to the participant's physical address by the Secretary of State, and all participants designate the Secretary of State as their agent for legal service of process.

Safe at Home partners with organizations all around the state to work with people who wish to enroll in the program. Application assistants, employed by these organizations, are specially trained by Safe at Home to assist those who are interested in enrolling. A person who wants to enroll in the program meets face-to-face with an application assistant to discuss their safety concerns and the application assistant works with them to determine whether enrolling in Safe at Home is a good safety step for the person to take.

Visit the Safe at Home program web page at www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=878 to find an assistant in your area. Please note that abusers can monitor your computer and internet use. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer.

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