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SIOUX CITY | Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate traveled to Sioux City Monday to promote a statewide program designed to protect the identities of victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes.

The Safe at Home Act allows victims to conceal their home addresses so that their assailants cannot find them using public records.

Under the service, victims use a post office box in Des Moines as their official address. Their mail is then forwarded to their real home addresses by the Secretary of State’s Office.

The substitute address can be used for driver's licenses, voter's registration, employment records and many other government records.

Those who sign up will be given a verification card to show they are enrolled in the program.

Pate said the program is needed around the state, nothing that there were 100 convictions for domestic violence and 15 for sexual assault in Woodbury County last year.

"We're really looking forward to helping these people move forward from victims to survivors," he told members of the Sioux City Rotary Club on Monday.

At a news conference in Sioux City Tuesday, Pate will be joined by local domestic violence/sexual abuse victims’ advocates, and county officials to call even more attention to Safe at Home.

Other officials scheduled to speak at the media event include Woodbury County Sheriff Dave Drew, Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill and Deb Hogan, program supervisor at the Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence, or CSADV.

Iowa is one of nearly three dozen states to adopt an address- confidentiality program.

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