TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz that shields the home addresses of victims of sexual assault and stalking from their assailants today cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

“This is one more tool that victims can use to take back their lives,” said Muñoz, R-Union, Morris and Somerset. “They should never have to fear for their lives or their children’s well-being while living in their own home. This measure will help protect their identity and keep their actual address private.”

The bill (A-3809) expands the state’s Address Confidentiality Program enacted in 1998 so that domestic violence victims could keep their actual address confidential on public documents and prevent their assailants from finding them. The program forwards the participant’s mail to their actual address, which remains available only to employees of the program and to law enforcement. It is run through the Division on Women in the Department of Children and Families.

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Of the 35 states that have similar programs, 30 protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and 28 states also protect stalking victims.

“Expanding this program can offer some piece of mind for many more victims so that their home is a safer place,” said Muñoz.

Muñoz is also the sponsor of the “Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act of 2015,” which allows victims to obtain protection without filing criminal charges. That legislation was signed into law by Gov. Christie in November.