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Hastings Women’s Law Journal

Abstract

Victims of domestic violence who try to flee their abusers frequently seek to relocate to confidential locations, changing their name, their address, and their very identity in order to start again free from a life of violence. Helping these women presents a new legal problem: how to resolve the conflict between maintaining publicly accessible records and information and keeping confidential the addresses and records for victims of domestic violence who fear being tracked by their abuser. Legislative concerns about fraudulent use of confidentiality programs and custodial interference by women fleeing with their children in violation of a custody order further complicate an already complicated situation, and make an easy solution nearly impossible to find. This Note will address this conflict in legal interests.

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