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 an address designated by the Secretary of State (SOS) to serve as the person’s address to shield their residence address from public records, including voter registration lists.
  • Victims may only apply to participate in the program through a certified Application Assistant. An Application Assistant is an employee or volunteer at an agency or organization that serves victims of domestic violence, menacing by stalking, human trafficking, trafficking in persons, rape, or sexual battery who has received training and certification from the secretary of state to help individuals complete applications to be program participants.
  • When someone enrolls in Safe at Home, they are assigned a P.O. Box 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 P.O. Box address designated by the SOS as the participant’s address. The law does not require a private entity to accept the SOS-designated address, but a state of Ohio governmental entity shall acceptit.
    • 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 P.O. Box assigned to them, the Safe at Home office will forward first class mail on a daily basis (when the office is open) to the participant’s actual residential address.
    • Additionally, the Secretary of State’s office may receive service of process on behalf of a program participant. 
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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