From the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia , the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides serves to victims of sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence. The ACP is adminsterd by the Office of the Attorney General. Laws governing the program are located in VA. Code AM. 2.2-515.2. Program Participants are residents of the Commonwealth of Virgina who have recently relocated and whose new location is unknown to the abuser. The goal is to the ACP is to help these victims keep their new address confidential.
The ACP is not retroactive and cannot provide absolute protection to victims. By itself the ACP can not keep victims safe-the ACP is only one piece of a victim’s overall safety plan. Each ACP participant should seek counseling through a crisis center and shelter services for an overall safety plan.
The ACP provides cost-free mail forwarding service. Program participants are authorized to use a “substitute” mailing address in lieu of a home address. The Office of the Attorney General serves as each program participant’s legal agency for receipt of mail and service of process.
The actual address of a program participant is available only to the Attorney General and to those employees involved in the operation of ACP and to law-enforcement officers for law-enforcement purposes.
Stay tuned next Sunday for more information….