New state law aims to help domestic violence survivors

A new state law is aimed at helping domestic violence survivors.

Kentucky Senate Bill 79, also known as the Safe at Home Program, went into effect last week and lets victims of domestic violence hide their addresses when registering to vote without a protective order from a judge.

It also allows the Kentucky State Capitol to be the listed address on public records and lets individuals moving in from another state easily join the program.

The Secretary of State’s office and county clerks will know the person’s actual address and can send them absentee ballots.

A person is eligible to enroll in the program if they:

  • Are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking or other crimes that make them fear for their safety.
  • Can provide a statement, with penalty of perjury, attesting to their need for the program.
  • Are a permanent or temporary resident of Kentucky.
  • Reciprocity will be granted to individuals who are enrolled in address confidentiality programs in their home state.
  • Co-applicants can be listed on the application if they live with the enrolling survivor and their enrollment will contribute to the survivor’s safety.

To enroll in the Safe at Home Program, visit the Secretary of State’s website here. Applications should be sent to [email protected] or by mail at: Safe at Home Program,  c/o Office of the Secretary of State,  700 Capital Ave Suite 152, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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