MI State Rep. Bolden Praised For Protecting Domestic Violence SurvivorsBolden instrumental in House passing bipartisan Address Confidentiality Program, strengthening protections for survivors of domestic violence.
By Main Street Sentinel Staff
One of things that State Representative Kyra Harris Bolden is most proud of during her time in the Michigan State House is her work improving the justice system and defending women. The chief example she points to is passage of HB 5058, legislation she sponsored to keep the home addresses of domestic violence and sexual assault victims confidential so their abusers can’t find them. The bill became law on December 31, 2020 and is now moving through the enact process with the Attorney General’s office and other stakeholders.
“We must do all we can to truly support and protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and this package will take us one step closer to that goal,” said Bolden.
This legislation will strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault by allowing survivors to keep a legal substitute address, typically through a post office box, to use when public agencies require an address. Any mail received is then forwarded from the substitute address to the survivor’s actual one, keeping their information safe and protected from their abuser.
“A lot of women suffer in silence,” Bolden said to The ‘Gander. “When I shared those experiences on the House floor, I actually had some of my conservative colleagues come up to me and say ‘thank you for saying that’…I’m happy to lend my voice to issues because I know that it helps someone.”
On her website, Bolden said HB 5058 was among the most important pieces of legislation among the hundreds she’s sponsored, supported, or co-sponsored.
Bolden said. “This law will help provide peace of mind to survivors of assault by shielding their real address to those that may wish to do them harm. I’m proud of this bipartisan effort that puts the health and safety of survivors first.”
Prior to joining the Michigan House of Representatives, Bolden was a civil litigation attorney. She received her bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, then earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law before becoming a civil litigation attorney.
Among Bolden’s leadership roles in the Michigan House of Representatives is House Democratic Assistant Leader and Co-Chair of the Attorney’s Caucus. Bolden currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Insurance Committee , and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules as the Democratic Vice Chair. Bolden previously served on the Ways & Means Committee and the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates.
Bolden is also a member of the National Congress of Clack Women-Oakland County, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and is the commissioner of the Total Living Commission for the city of Southfield.