Many victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are fearful of future threats and possible harm.
I recently co-sponsored a seven-bill package that would allow victims to hide their physical addresses from their predators. The Senate legislation would create an address confidentiality program in Michigan. This program would enable victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking to obtain a confidential address to protect themselves from their past offenders. The legal substitute address (usually a post office box) would be used in place of their physical address.
Another part of the legislation would prohibit schools from disclosing the address of a student whose parent is an address confidentiality program participant.
If this legislation is enacted, Michigan would join 37 other states in offering assistance and peace of mind to victims of abuse or assault. All seven bills, SBs 655-658 and 954-956, were passed unanimously by the Senate on May 15, 2018, and have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration.