Safe at Home

California Secretary of State - Debra Bowen

Domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault cross ethnic, racial, age, gender, religious, national origin, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic lines to affect millions of Americans each year. Fortunately, there is Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program administered by the California Secretary of State’s office that offers victims anonymity and a new start towards a brighter future free from fear.

Safe at Home participants can use a free P.O. Box instead of their home address to help them maintain their privacy when receiving first-class mail, opening a bank account, completing a confidential name change, filling out government documents, registering to vote, getting a driver’s license, enrolling a child in school, and more. Since 1999, Safe at Home has helped to protect more than 7,000 survivors of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, as well as reproductive health care doctors, nurses, volunteers, and patients. I hope you will take time to explore this web site to see if Safe at Home may be of benefit to you or someone you know.

I am proud to have authored some of the laws that make Safe at Home the national model for confidential address programs. As Secretary of State, I am honored to continue my long-time commitment to protecting the rights of victims who deserve security and peace of mind as they rebuild their lives.

Every Californian should feel and be Safe at Home.


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Debra Bowen
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"I was opening mail you had forwarded to me and I suddenly felt so grateful to you, I just wanted to express it!"

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"It has really helped me to be able to have an address to use that allows me as much confidentiality as possible."

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"I'd like to thank everyone affiliated with this exceptional program for the peace of mind and safety it has afforded me for the past four-plus years."

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