Getting to Know ACP
Who are we?
The Pennsylvania Address Confidentiality Program is administered by the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA). The Pennsylvania Address Confidentiality Program was created in 2004 and began accepting participants in May 2005. The 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 6703. The Address Confidentiality Program provides victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking with a substitute address.
The mission of the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate is dedicated to representing, protecting and advancing the collective rights and interests of crime victims. For more information about the Office of Victim Advocate programs and services, please visit www.ova.pa.gov
What is the ACP?
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking keep their new home address safe from their perpetrator after they have left an abusive or dangerous situation.
The program has two basic parts. First, the ACP provides a substitute address for victims who have moved to a new location unknown to their perpetrator. The second part of the program provides participants with a free first-class confidential mail forwarding service.
The program is not a witness protection or a relocation program, so participants in the Address Confidentiality Program are encouraged to use the program as part of a larger overall safety program.
How does ACP work?
ACP provides eligible victims with an alternate mailing address to keep their actual home address out of public records where their perpetrator may find their location.
This address may be used as their legal address for Court and government records, including drivers’ licenses, non-photo identification cards, vehicle registration, school records, voter registration, marriage licenses, and court petitions.
Once approved and enrolled in the program, participants are given an authorization card that includes that person’s name, signature, substitute address and an individual participant number.
The substitute address can be used as the participant’s legal address. The program forwards all first-class, registered and certified mail to the participant.
ACP is available to those who are or have been victims of domestic violence sexual assault or stalking and have had to move or are planning to move to a new location for safety reasons. Anyone living in the same household as the victim (for example, children, parents, or siblings, or partners) may also be eligible to participate.
If you have questions about our programs, please contact us:
Address Confidentiality Program | Office of Victim Advocate
PO Box 2465
Harrisburg, PA 17104
By Phone: 1.800.563.6399
By Fax: 717.787.4343