Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP) were created to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes from individuals who intend to cause them harm. ACP programs typically protect a participant’s real address by providing a mail forwarding service and giving participants a legal substitute address to use in place of their physical address. This address can be used whenever an address is required by public agencies (such as driver’s license registries, schools, courts, police departments, and etc.) to locate them. First-class mail sent to the substitute address is forwarded to the victim’s actual address.
ACP programs are one tool in a larger safety plan and many programs require participants to sign up through an application assistant (typically an advocate) who can help participants develop a larger safety plan to protect their physical location from becoming available online.
Each state has different laws, requirements, services, and procedures related to its ACP program. To learn more about the ACP program in your area, search for your state’s program in our VictimConnect Resource Map.
- Select your state under location
- Select “State Victim Assistance ” under categories
- Select “Address Confidentiality Program” under services
Visit our VictimConnect Resource Map for additional resources or contact the VictimConnect Resource Center by phone or text at 1-855-4-VICTIM or by chat for more information about ACP services or how to access your state’s services.