MEDIA RELEASE Carver County Attorney s Office 1 12 2009 by ls723a4r

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									         OFFICE OF THE CARVER COUNTY ATTORNEY
         JAMES W. KEELER, JR. COUNTY ATTORNEY



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT: Allison O’Toole
January 12, 2009                                                                                952.361.1397



                     Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler Offers Help to Crime Victims
                                  Through the Safe at Home Program


Carver County Attorney Jim Keeler announced today that he has joined forces with the Minnesota Secretary of
State’s Office to offer crime victims the Safe at Home Program in Carver County. Safe at Home is an address
confidentiality program designed to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or others who
fear for their safety. This program is now available locally to Carver County residents through Keeler’s office.

Confidential and without charge, Safe at Home allows participants to go about their lives, interacting with
public and private entities, without having their address revealed to their abuser. Address confidentiality extends
to employers, utilities, banks, law enforcement, social services and schools, among others.

The program, administered by the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office is available to Minnesota residents.
Enrollment locations can now be found in most counties throughout the state. Locally, Keeler’s office has trained
staff to administer applications. Program costs and materials are provided by the Secretary of State’s Office.

“Removing fear from daily life is critical to a victim’s survival and their hope for the future,” says Keeler. “For
many, establishing a confidential address through Safe at Home is a positive step in that direction.”

After an applicant is accepted in the program, first-class mail sent to a participant’s designated Safe at Home
address is then forwarded to a participant’s actual residence, which is a confidential address.

Over 20 states have some form of address confidentiality program, but Minnesota was the first to allow
participants to use an alternate address for all purposes, including private business relationships.

For more information about the Safe at Home program in Carver County contact the Carver County Attorney’s
Office at 952.361.1400 or visit www.co.carver.mn.us/county_government/attorney.asp for more information.

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           GOVERNMENT CENTER, JUSTICE CENTER 604 EAST FOURTH STREET CHASKA, MINNESOTA 55318-2102
                                  PHONE: (952) 361-1400 FAX: (952) 361-1413

								
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