FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Visits Springfield, St. Joseph Highlighting Safe at Home Program in Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander was joined by law enforcement officials and victims’ advocates yesterday as he visited family shelters to highlight the Safe at Home address confidentiality program in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Kander toured Harmony House in Springfield, and was joined by Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson, Christian County Prosecutor Amy Fite, Harmony House Executive Director Patty Ingle, Cpt. David Millsap of the Springfield Police Department, and additional victims’ advocates. Kander then visited the YWCA in St. Joseph, accompanied by Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins, Catholic Charities’ Amy Ward and Jean Brown, Executive Director of the YWCA.
"For more than 30 years, Springfield’s Harmony House and the YWCA of St. Joseph have partnered with outstanding law enforcement communities in Greene, Christian and Buchanan counties to protect and care for survivors of domestic violence," Kander said. "Law enforcement officials and victims’ advocates rely on the Safe at Home program to help protect survivors by keeping their addresses strictly confidential, so that they can finally feel safe at home."
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program was created in 2007 to assist survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking. The program provides a substitute mailing address for participants to use on new records created with all state and local government agencies and the courts. Missouri have participated in the Safe at Home program, including more than 1,000 current participants.
For more information on Safe at Home, please call (866) 509-1409 or e-mail SafeAtHome@sos.mo.gov.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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