Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander visited the Kansas City area last week to highlight his office’s Safe At Home address confidentiality program.
The program was created in 2007 for survivors of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking. It provides a substitute mailing address for participants to use on all new records created with state and local government agencies and the courts. More than 2,000 participants have been protected by the Safe at Home program.
Kander’s visit Thursday took him to the Hope House shelter in Lee’s Summit.
“Hope House was one of the first agents for the Safe at Home program,” said Hope House CEO MaryAnne Metheny. “Violence is 75 percent more prevalent when victims courageously decide to leave their abuser. That is why we choose to be a Safe at Home program agent.”
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Kander was joined by Metheny, Maj. Curt Mansell and Detective John Kudzinski of the Lee’s Summit Police Department and Maj. Paul Thurman from the Independence Police Department.
“For 30 years, Hope House has partnered with outstanding law enforcement communities in the Greater Kansas City area 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 confidential and out of the hands of their assailants.”
To learn more about the Safe at Home program, visit www.MOSafeAtHome.com.
| Russ Pulley, Special to The Star