Victim service advocates are often the first point of contact for someone who is leaving a dangerous situation. That is why the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) encourages those considering the use of a confidential address to consult with their local advocate about whether the ACP should be used as part of their larger safety plan.
How to Discuss the Address Confidentiality Program with Clients/Victims
When may someone benefit from ACP?
When a victim/client is:
• Exiting an emergency shelter
• Planning to leave a dangerous situation
• Relocating to another part of the county, state, or country
• Moving into transitional or bridge housing
• Applying for a PFA and has moved
• Involved in court proceedings that involve the perpetrator
• Relocating and their children are moving to another school district
• Fearful of the perpetrator and has relocated due to safety concerns
When the perpetrator:
• Works for or has access to state or local government records
• Exhibits stalking behavior
• Has threated the victim
• Has committed violent acts in the past against the victim
When is it helpful to discuss ACP with a victim/client?
• Lethality assessment
• Legal advocacy
• Safety planning
• Plans to exit shelter
Instructions for Completing the ACP Application Packet
Each section of the application packet should be completed with the assistance of a victim service provider. Applications are not available online and can only be provided to a victim service provider by mail. If you need additional applications, please contact our office.
Section A: Checklist for ACP Application
Review each statement with the ensure to ensure that ACP is right for the applicant. They will initial each statement to indicate your understanding of the program requirements.
Section B: Mailing Information
Provide all information in each section. Name, date of birth, social security number, mother’s maiden name, and password are used to verify your identity when you interact with our office. Please choose a security word (password) you will remember. Please be sure to include any minor children that may be living with them and their date of birth. The applicant may choose to have your mail sent to a mailing address other than their residential address. However, by law, they must provide their residential address (where you actually live). Include phone numbers so that we may contact you.
Section C: Civil or Criminal Proceedings
Document all pending civil and criminal proceedings (include all PFA, custody, family court, domestic relations proceedings). You may include a separate piece of paper, if necessary. Include case numbers, types of proceedings (civil, criminal, state, federal), and courts in which cases are pending. Upon enrollment, the ACP is required to notify the courts of your participation in the ACP. Please specify if you are a victim, witness, plaintiff or defendant in the proceedings.
Failure to disclose known information may result in denial or cancellation of your participation in the ACP.
If your answer to question 2 in this section is "yes", please provide agent/officer information.
Section D: ACP Authorization Card
The applicant must complete “signature of participant” and “name printed” lines only . Upon enrollment, ACP will complete all other information, laminate the card, and return it to you. Additional cards may be requested for minor children in your home by contacting the ACP.
Section E: Affidavit
• Check the box that most clearly fits your situation.
• Write or type your statement (affidavit) in the space provided or on a separate piece of paper describing past, present and fears of future violent acts by the perpetrator. Sign and date your affidavit and include with your application.
• Carefully read all information in the Affirmation of Applicant section.
• Victim service provider who assisted with developing your safety plan must sign and complete the information at the bottom of the page.
If you have questions about the application or the program, please call the ACP at 1.800.563.6399 for assistance.
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) will visit you on-site. OVA is always willing to visit your program, staff meeting, task force or other event to provide on-site training about the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP). This training can be tailored to fit the audience and will cover an overview of the program, how to enroll an applicant and ways to incorporation ACP into safety planning.
For more information about scheduling an on-site training, please contact OVA at 1.800.563.6399.
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) have partnered to provide a online training that explains Pennsylvania’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP). The training is interactive, provides an overview of the ACP, and has a resources section that provides additional information that supplements the training. The training provides a half hour of approved PCADV and PCCD training.
The training may be found on this website.
For more information, please contact OVA at 1.800.563.6399.
Please return entire application packet to the following address:
Address Confidentiality Program
Office of Victim Advocate
PO Box 2465
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2465