Transitional Housing Toolkit
Helping Survivors Maintain Their Privacy
These resources help survivors and advocates address all areas of relocation and privacy, including voter privacy, address confidentiality programs (ACPs), and social media privacy and safety.
- The Relocation Counseling and Identity Protection Project
A joint initiative between NNEDV's Safety Net Project and the Greater Boston Legal Services, the Relocation Counseling and Identity Protection Project addresses all facets of survivor reloation and privacy and provides strategic advice to assist survivors in making informed choices when they need to relocate for their personal safety. To learn more about this project, visit the Safety Net Project page.
This handout dispels seven common myths about identity change by describing the realities of what can happen after an identity change. It addresses common issues for survivors who are considering changing their identity (e.g. name, U.S. social security number, or birth certificate) as part of an attempt to remain safe and hidden from an abuser or stalker and provides introductory tips on protecting your identity. Coauthored by NNEDV's Safety Net Project and Valenda Applegarth, Greater Boston Legal Services (2008).
This handout provides several important tips for survivors to consider when planning to relocate, in the process of relocating, or in planning for privacy after relocation.
Many states have Address Confidentiality Programs and/or Voter Confidentiality Programs (ACPs) that allow survivors of abuse to limit who can obtain their address. These programs enable victims of domestic violence (and sometimes victims of sexual assault and/or stalking) to keep their current address hidden and use an alternate mailing address for a variety of public and official processes. The specific procedures and qualifications vary by state. This chart outlines the protections available, the legislation that created or supports them, and other relevant information.
This National Resource Center on Domestic Violence handout provides recommendations for protecting and enhancing victims' safety while exercising their right to vote.
NNEDV worked with Facebook to create an informative guide on privacy and safety for survivors who are using Facebook. It is important for survivors to have the option to remain connected online if they choose, while also maintaining their privacy and safety. For more information on online and social media privacy, visit the Technology Safety page of NNEDV's website.