I was very moved by the letter from Steve Hobbs about his sister’s detailing the work that went into putting away (at least for a short while) a person who harassed their family and committed other acts of domestic violence against his sister. (Saturday, “Thanks to prosecutors for in-depth work”).
I, too, escaped a domestic violence situation. One of the most helpful pieces of information I was given was about ACP — the Washington State Address Confidentiality program. It is run through the Secretary of State’s Office.
ACP allows the victim to use an “alternate address,” thus taking her out of the public data bases for utility bills, voter’s registration, drivers licensing, personal accounts such as medical bills and insurance, public school records if they have children in school, federal income taxes — all the records some abusers use to hunt down their victims. It is literally a lifesaver for many who use it.
If anyone has a friend or loved one trying to get away from abuse, trying to figure out how to “start over” without their abuser finding them, I would highly recommend they contact ACP — the toll-free phone number is (800) 822-1065.