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House passes 'Safe at Home' Act

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Members of the Iowa House of Representatives unanimously voted to approve a bill to protect victims of domestic violence.

The Safe at Home Act establishes an address confidentiality program, which protects victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, trafficking and stalking. People that join the program will receive a new address for all legal documents, to hide their actual home address on public records.

The program is free to enroll. It's already in place in 33 states.

"This bill is way past due in Iowa," Secretary of State Paul Pate said. "We are giving people back their safety and opportunity to become active again in our society. Victims of these types of crimes are often forced to become reclusive. The Safe at Home Act provides them with an opportunity to retake part of their lives."

Pate said he's made this bill a priority, in partnership with Representative Dean Fisher, of Garwin, who brought the bill through the house.

"It's the culmination of months of work by a dedicated team, a team that simply wants to help victims of domestic violence remain Safe At Home," Rep. Fisher said.

"My office is guided by three main principles: service, participation and integrity. The Safe at Home Act covers all three. It is a tool that can help rebuild lives," Secretary Pate added.

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