IS ACP RIGHT FOR ME?
Enrollment in the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is one small piece of an overall safety plan. The program may be right for you as part of your overall safety plan. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself if you are considering enrolling in the program:
1. Are you a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking and fear for your safety?
2. Have you recently moved or are you about to move to an address unknown to the person who is threatening you? This includes leaving an emergency shelter or moving to a friend or family member’s home.
(Note: If you are in an emergency shelter, you may not enroll in the Address Confidentiality Program until you have your permanent residential address. If you own your home (your name is on the deed to the home) your address may not be kept confidentiality, please contact our office for more information)
3. Are you aware that your mail will first go to the substitute address (the ACP Post Office Box number with your ACP number on it) and then will be forwarded to you at your actual address?
4. Are you able to manage if your mail is delayed as much as 5-7 days?
5. Are you willing to make the Office of Victim Advocate your representative to receive all your mail including legal documents? (Note: This means when the ACP signs for a certified document on your behalf, you must accept the mail when it is forwarded to you.)
A victim service provider who works in a domestic violence, sexual assault or victim service program can help determine if the ACP would be helpful as part of a victim’s overall safety plan. To find a victim service provider in your area, check this list of county resources. Or, contact our office at 1.800.563.6399.
Things to Consider
Is your residential address currently unknown to government agencies? (Note: If you have already created any government records that document your new residential address, the substitute address will be less helpful in protecting you.)
Are you willing to use your substitute address every time you interact with state and local government agencies, (for example Department of State, Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Department of Education (PDE), Department of Public Welfare (DPW)) to keep your actual address confidential?
Are you aware the ACP does not forward magazines, packages or junk mail? Are you willing to make other arrangements for delivery of packages, books and magazines? (Note: Only first class, registered and certified mail can be forwarded to you.)
If you answered “Yes” to each of these questions, the ACP may be right for you.