Bill Provides Confidential Address for Violence Victims

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes could have their address shielded from use by government agencies under proposed Ohio legislation.

The bill would allow victims worried about attackers tracking them down to apply for a confidential address from the Ohio Secretary of State.

Victims could use the confidential address when registering to vote or for any business with a government agency such as a city water department, school or public university. The Secretary of State’s office would forward mail to the real address daily.

The bill was scheduled for its first hearing Tuesday before the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

Victims of sexual assault and human trafficking could also apply for the confidential address.