Hardin County takes a significant step forward in protecting survivors of domestic violence with the implementation of Senate Bill 79, the Safe at Home Act. Co-sponsored by State Senator Matt Deneen, this crucial law strengthens the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program, providing a lifeline for those fleeing domestic abuse.
With one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country, Kentucky recognizes the urgent need for enhanced protection. Hardin County Clerk, Brian D. Smith, highlights the importance of the Safe at Home Act in enabling victims of domestic violence to access essential government services, like voter registration, while safeguarding their new address from potential abusers.
One of the most significant features of Safe at Home is that participants can enroll by simply signing a sworn statement; a protective order is not required. This streamlined process empowers survivors to use the Secretary of State’s Office as their address on public records, replacing their physical location with a secure alternative. The program imposes no cost on participants, ensuring accessibility for all those in need.
Senator Deneen, proud of his involvement in this vital legislation, emphasizes that survivors of domestic abuse should never have to fear the misuse of their government records by their abusers for stalking, harassment, or exploitation.
County Attorney Jenny Oldham echoes this sentiment, expressing her satisfaction with the expanded protection now available to victims of domestic abuse in Hardin County and throughout Kentucky. The county takes a strong stance in holding abusers accountable and will do everything in its power to shield and support victims.
Enrollment in the Safe At Home program is accessible to all Kentucky residents. By visiting sos.ky.gov/safe-at-home or calling toll-free 844-292-KACP, survivors can take the first step towards securing their safety and reclaiming control over their lives.
The Safe at Home Act is a testament to the dedication of lawmakers, advocates, and local authorities in creating a safer environment for survivors of domestic violence. As Hardin County and the rest of Kentucky continue to prioritize the well-being of its residents, this crucial legislation marks a significant stride towards a safer and more secure future for survivors in the community.