Victims

About the program

  • Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program that allows victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or sexual battery to apply for a substitute address designated by the SOS to serve as the victim’s address to shield his/her actual residential, school, or work address from public records including voter registration lists.  The program also serves members of a victim’s household.
    • Safe at Home will not be as effective if the person that the applicant fears knows or could know where the applicant lives. The program is most effective when the applicant has just moved or is going to move in the immediate future. Because a program participant’s confidential information may have been disclosed through a public records request prior to enrolling in Safe at Home, and enrolling in the program does not delete any information that is already in the public domain.
  • Victims may only apply to participate in the program in person through a certified Application Assistant. An Application Assistant is an employee or volunteer at an agency or organization that serves victims of the crimes listed above and who has received training and certification from the SOS to help eligible individuals and members of their household complete applications to be program participants.
  • When someone enrolls in Safe at Home, they are assigned a substitute P.O. Box address to use in place of their actual address. There are many entities that may have a person’s name and address on file, and a program participant may request that any governmental or private entity, except for a municipal-owned public utility or the board of elections, use the substitute address instead of the program participant’s actual address. The law does not require a private entity to accept the substitute address, but a state of Ohio governmental entity shall accept it.
    • A governmental entity is defined by law as “the state, a political subdivision of the state, or any department, agency, board, commission, or other instrumentality of the state or a political subdivision of the state.”
    • Because program participants use a substitute P.O. Box assigned to them, the Safe at Home office will forward applicable mail on a daily basis (when the office is open) to the program participant.
    • Additionally, the SOS may receive service of process on behalf of a program participant.
  • The Safe at Home address confidentiality program is not intended to take the place of a safety plan, but rather is only part of a larger overall safety plan for victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape, or sexual battery. Everything that a victim would need to do to stay safe without this program, they should still do with it.
    • If you need assistance developing a safety plan, many of our Application Assistants can help. Please be sure to call ahead to make sure someone will be available to assist you specifically with safety planning.

Get Started

  • A victim of one of the above-specified crimes or a member of a victim’s household may visit an Application Assistant to apply for the Safe at Home program. A parent or guardian may apply on behalf of a minor, incompetent, or ward; however, any other adult must visit an Application Assistant in person to apply. An application must be completed for each person wishing to participate in the program.
  • Locate/find an application assistant
  • Questions? Contact the Safe at Home office
    • P.O. Box 16395
      Columbus, OH  43216
      (614) 995-2255

Internet Safety

Computers can track information, such as websites you have visited and emails you have sent. If you are in danger, try to use a safe computer that the person you fear cannot access. The following are instructions on how to delete your browsing history using different browsers.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the dropdown menu in the top right corner.
  2. Click on History
  3. Click on History again
  4. Click on Clear Browsing Data
  5. Use the drop down menu to select how far back to delete (“the beginning of time” deletes all)
  6. Click on Clear Browsing Data

Google Chrome (Deleting specific items):

  1. Click on the dropdown menu in the top right corner.
  2. Click on History
  3. Click on History again
  4. Mark a check mark next to entries you want to delete
  5. Click on Remove Selected Items at the top

Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Tools
  2. Select Delete Browsing History
  3. Click Delete

Internet Explorer (Deleting Specific Sites):

  1. Click on the Favorites button (Star button)
  2. Select the History tab
  3. Right click specific site and click Delete

Safari:

  1. Click the Safari Tab
  2. Select Reset Safari
  3. Check Clear History
  4. Click on Reset

Safari (Deleting specific items):

  1. Click on the History Tab
  2. Click Show History
  3. Right click on the item and click Delete

FireFox:

  1. Using your keyboard, hit Control, Shift and Delete at the same time
  2. Use the drop down menu to choose which time range you would like to delete
  3. Click Clear Now to confirm

FireFox (Deleting specific items):

  1. Click the Menu button
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click Privacy
  4. Click Clear Now
  5. Check the items you want to clear
  6. Click Clear Data