Secretary of State
Senate Committee Passes Grayson’s Legislation to Create Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence

Press Release Date:  Thursday, March 06, 2008  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803
Les.Fugate@ky.gov
 


(Frankfort, KY)  Victims of domestic violence would have a new layer of protection from their perpetrators under legislation passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.  Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville), would create an address confidentiality program (ACP) for Kentucky, allowing victims who have recently relocated to keep that address confidential by providing them a substitute for local and state agencies in addition to protected records service.  The bill is an initiative of the Office of the Secretary of State.

“Senator Denton’s legislation is another important step that Kentucky needs to take in order to further assist victims of domestic violence,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “This program helps remove one of the easiest ways that perpetrators continue to haunt their victims.”

             Twenty-five (25) states currently have address confidentiality programs.  They are designed to prevent offenders from using state and local government records to locate their victims.

Each participant in the program would be granted the use of a Frankfort Post Office Box Address. The substitute address would have no relation to the participant’s actual address. All participants would use the same Post Office Box as designated by the program. First-class mail and service of process would be sent to the Post Office Box and then forwarded, at no cost, to the participant’s actual location.  The participant could then use the substitute address when creating records with state or local government agencies.

“I am thankful to Senator Denton for sponsoring and to Chairman Stivers for hearing this important legislation.  I am optimistic that this legislation will receive quick consideration throughout the rest of the legislative process,” stated Secretary Grayson.

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