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

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 11, 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
 


The Kentucky State Senate took another step today to help protect victims of domestic violence from their perpetrators by unanimously passing Senate Bill 62, sponsored by Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville). The legislation would create an address confidentiality program 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.

“I am thankful for the Senate’s expeditious leadership on this important legislation,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “These victims of domestic violence need every protection that we can provide, and this legislation is an important step in providing them access to important services without the fear of forfeiting their confidential address.”

             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.

“The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs supports SB 62 because it provides a critical level of protection for victims struggling to survive after sexual violence,” stated MaryLee Perry, a staff attorney with the KASAP.  “The Address Confidentiality Program would close a door that otherwise allows for free flow of information.  Though doesn’t provide absolute protection, it will greatly increase protections provided by the state.”

“I am optimistic that the House of Representatives will address this legislation in short order and send the bill to Governor Beshear for his consideration,” stated Secretary Grayson.

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