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Measure to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking goes into effect Oct. 15

October 7, 2015

Rep. Michelle Dunphy

AUGUSTA – Rep. Michelle Dunphy’s measure to strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking goes into effect Oct. 15.

The new law adds provisions to the Address Confidentiality Program, a program that keeps victims’ personal information out of the hands of their abusers.

“Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, the Address Confidentiality Program has provided a layer of protection from the horrors of domestic violence to hundreds of families,” said Dunphy, D-Old Town. “By continuing and strengthening this important program, we can help these families as they try to regain their security and peace of mind.”

The measure adds provisions to keep the name of program participants confidential on certain public municipal documents. It was supported by the Office of the Secretary of State, which administers the program, the Maine Municipal Association and domestic violence prevention advocates.

The text of the new law is available here.

Dunphy is serving her first term in the Maine House. She is a member of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee and represents Old Town and Penobscot Indian Island.

Contact:

Ann Kim [Dunphy], c. 233-1838