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Rep. Sobecki supports House bill to modify address confidentiality program to better protect survivors of violence

February 26, 2021
Lisa A. Sobecki News

Rep. Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) during session this week supported House Bill (HB) 93, legislation to modify the state’s address confidentiality program (Safe at Home), a long-held Democratic priority that allows victims of domestic violence, stalking, rape, human trafficking, or sexual battery who fear for their safety to keep their address confidential and out of the public record. 

“As a survivor of domestic and sexual violence, I can relate to the thousands of women and men who are victimized and their experiences,” said Rep. Sobecki. “Safe at Home is one of the mechanisms of support for my fellow survivors, and we should continue to improve it and other programs designed to protect Ohioans.”

HB 93 eliminates the requirement for a program applicant to change residences in order to be eligible for the program, require the Secretary of State to process applications within 10 business days, as well as several other changes to improve the program. 

Domestic Violence and other women rights issues have been a priority for Rep. Sobecki. Rep. Sobecki introduced a number of bills during the 133rd General Assembly focused on protecting women and victims of domestic violence, including HB 351 which would help victims of domestic violence find a safe place to live. Rep. Sobecki will soon reintroduce the legislation and has been working with interested parties to refine the draft.

HB 93 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.