Ohio Helps Domestic Violence Victims Shield their Addresses

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CLEVELAND (AP) – Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes can ask to have their addresses shielded from certain public records in Ohio under a new law.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted launched the address confidentially program in Cleveland on Thursday, when the law took effect.

The program lets victims apply for a confidential address from Husted’s office if they’re worried about attackers tracking them down through their voter registration or another public record.

Victims could use the 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.

Victims of sexual assault and human trafficking also can apply for a confidential address.