Legislation Would Hide Addresses Of Domestic Violence Victims

Three state senators will soon introduce legislation that will protect victims of domestic violence. Senator Rick Jones told Michigan News Network he and Senators Margaret O’Brien and Tonya Schuitmaker will introduce a bill to create an address confidentiality program designed to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking.

“This has been a huge problem in Michigan,” Jones said. “Recently, Margaret O’Brien had a constituent who had a stalker continually track her around the state. Women have had to leave the state to hide out. I know of cases where women have had to go to Europe to hide out.”

Jones, the former sheriff of Eaton County, says many victims are attacked repeatedly. He says, under the bills, the victims would receive a confidential address to protect them from past offenders.