The week of April 18 through the 24th is National Crime Victims Rights Week. The state of Minnesota has proven leadership in protecting crime victims and to help them feel safe at home.
Nearly forty years ago, St. Paul, Minnesota opened its first shelter for battered women. The state was the first to fund services for victims of domestic violence in 1977. Over the past four decades, leaders in Minnesota have worked to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights as well as establish programs to help protect those who fear for their personal safety. Today the “Safe at Home” confidentiality program is statewide and administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Most of the people being served are victims of stalking and domestic violence.
This program is in its third year and is serving more than 600 people. There may be more people needing help in Minnesota. With the help of application assistants, who are local victim advocates trained to assist people with “Safe at Home” enrollment through community-based partners, the program can reach out in communities throughout Minnesota. In this way, the program can serve many more people in the years ahead. There are 140 application assistants to help serve as a gateway to the program, providing critical services and referrals in most counties.
For more information about the program or how to find a “Safe at Home” Application Assistant in your community, visit www.sos.state.mn.us or contact the program at: 651-201-1399.