Charleston, W.Va. — Victims of domestic violence can rest assured knowing their residential location can be safely hidden from their abusers, thanks to West Virginia’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) managed by the WV Secretary of State’s Office.
The ACP program provides victims and survivors of domestic violence the opportunity to protect their home address from public records by using a substitute mailing address provided by the Secretary of State. This makes it more difficult for abusers to locate their victims.
The mail received is then passed on to the appropriate recipient.
“Unfortunately, domestic violence affects far too many,” Secretary Warner said. “We will always do whatever is necessary to keep victims safe. This program is one way that we can help do that.”
West Virginia was a founding member of the National Association of Confidential Address Programs (NACAP) and continues to play a leading role. Other participating states include Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
All participating states work together by sharing ideas and success stories with the goal of strengthening each program, all while respecting state-specific rules and regulations. Longer-term members like West Virginia also act as a mentor to newer members, sharing best practices and what has worked well in the past.
The first Address Confidentiality Program in the nation was created in 1991. Today, those services have been expanded to over 30 programs that have assisted victims of sexual offenses, domestic violence, stalking and other crimes.
To learn more about NACAP click here: National Association of Confidential Address Programs (NACAP)
To learn more about West Virginia’s program, click here: West Virginia Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
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