MISSOURI (KFVS) - This week a ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals was assessed that protects the confidentiality of survivors of domestic violence in the Safe at Home program.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the ruling.
“Our judicial system affirmed this week that the standard for disclosing a survivor’s address remains high,” said Schmitt. “My office remains committed to ensuring survivors of domestic violence and assault maintain their privacy, and my office will continue to work every day to keep all Missouri families safe.”
This ruling marks the first time a Missouri appellate court has issued a ruling on the program’s statutes since the general assemble expanded the program in August with Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.
Under Ashcroft leadership, the Safe at Home program was expanded to help protect survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, human trafficking or stalking.
According to officials with the Attorney General’s office, the opinion reversed the trial court’s ruling that allowed for the disclosure of the address of a program participant to an alleged abuser.
Officials said the appellate court noted the absurdity of disclosing either address to alleged assailants, as the disclosure of an address of a minor child would have also been a disclosure of the parent’s address.