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Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie Recognizes Crime Victim Services Agencies for Safe at Home Program SuccessNearly 2,400 Minnesotans Have Used Address Confidentiality Program to Ensure Safety
SAINT PAUL, Minn.—April 19, 2013— Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today recognized four victim services agencies for providing outstanding service in development and promotion of Safe at Home across Minnesota. The program, launched in September 2007, is administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (OSS).
The agencies honored were Tubman, Twin Cities; Cornerstone Advocacy Services, Inc., Hennepin County; Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc., south central Minnesota; and, Marshall County Victim Services, northwestern Minnesota. Criteria for outstanding program success included consideration of safety needs of victims; the agency’s dependability as a Safe at Home enrollment facilitator in their community; and, effective communications with OSS.
Safe at Home is a statewide address confidentiality program that provides a substitute address and mail-forwarding service for victims of stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and others who fear for their safety. The program enables participants to go about their daily lives without the risk of the persons they fear discovering their actual address. Nearly 2,400 people have enrolled in Safe at Home since its inception in the state.
“Safe at Home allows individuals and families who have survived violence or face threat feel safe and secure,” said Ritchie. “These agencies deliver an immeasurable feeling of security to those who feel threatened and help deliver a more confident future.”
Community-based organizations partner with Safe at Home to provide advocacy services to applicants in almost every county in Minnesota. There are nearly 200 trained application assistants statewide.
“Safe at Home demonstrates how a successful public and private partnership can work,” says Dianna Stair, Safe at Home program administrator. “Our shared success is the result of all involved agencies working together with a common goal to serve.”
Minnesotans interested in learning more or enrolling in Safe at Home can visit the secretary of state’s website, or contact (651) 201-1399, 1-866-723-3035 (toll-free), or 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay Services).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota’s 21st secretary of state. A press photo for media is available online.
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