Survivors Face Challenges Voting

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privacy at the ballot box

Survivors of domestic violence often go to great lengths to keep themselves safe. For some, that means choosing between privacy and convenience.

For one Washington state survivor, the struggle to keep her address private meant giving up voting. KUOW spoke with LifeWire’s executive director, Rachel Krinsky, about the challenges survivors like her face when trying to vote.

Too often DV survivors don’t have easy access to the information they need to keep themselves safe. Programs, like the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), offer ways for survivors to keep their addresses confidential and receive mail. But there are drawbacks: they can’t receive magazines or packages and they have to be vigilant to ensure that their address doesn’t become public.

To be eligible for ACP, participants must:

  • Be an adult, or parent or guardian acting on behalf of minor, or an incapacitated person; and
  • Be a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking, or certain criminal justice employees who have been targets of felony harassment; and
  • Reside in Washington;  and
  • Relocate in a place unknown to the perpetrator; and
  • Reside in an address not currently documented in public record.
  • Work with a third party, like LifeWire, to apply.

Please call LifeWire’s 24-Hour Helpline at 425-746-1940 if you or someone you know needs help applying to the Address Confidentiality Program.