SOS Adams celebrated the new law at Governor Beshear’s weekly press conference.
FRANKFORT, KY – Senate Bill 79, the Safe at Home Act to protect domestic violence survivors, took effect Thursday. Sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams (R-Louisville), this law bolsters the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program by allowing those fleeing domestic abuse to shield their new addresses from public record without having to obtain a court order, and to mask their addresses on publicly available government records, beyond just the voter rolls.
“Kentucky has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation,” said Adams. “Protecting our most vulnerable is a team effort. Thanks to Senator Julie Raque Adams (pictured), legislators of both parties, and Governor Beshear for working with us to combat stalking.”
In lieu of having to protective order, participants will sign a sworn statement, bringing Kentucky in line with most other states. They will be able to use the Secretary of State’s Office as their address on public records in place of their actual physical address.
The program is administered at no cost to the participant. Kentucky residents can apply to the program at sos.ky.gov/safe-at-home. In addition, participants in other states’ similar programs may enjoy reciprocity if they relocate to Kentucky.
Adams celebrated the new law at Governor Beshear’s weekly press conference.