(TRENTON) – Seeking more safeguards for victims of stalking and sexual assault, a measure sponsored by Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin amending current state statue to include such individuals in the Address Confidentiality Program administered by the Division on Women in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) passed in the Senate on Monday by a vote of 37-0.
The measure (A-1651/A-1861) would also apply to any employee, volunteer, contractor, client or patient of a reproductive health service provider, or their family member.
The Address Confidentiality Program allows victims to establish an alternate mailing address and keep their actual address confidential. It forwards the participant’s mail to their actual address which remains confidential and available only to employees of the program and to law enforcement.
“When a stalker obtains the actual home address of the person they are harassing, it can become a nightmare for the individual being harassed,” said Pintor-Marin. “A person’s home should be a safe haven, but when stalking is involved, such safety is not possible.”
The bill will now go to the Governor’s desk.