Additional Information About the ACP

Helping crime victims stay safer

Since 1991, the goal of the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) has been to help crime victims stay safe. The ACP is designed to prevent offenders from using the state’s public records to locate their victims and cause further harm. The ACP is available to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and/or stalking, and certain criminal justice employees who have been targets of threats or harassment on the job or due to the job.  To apply for ACP services, a person must have recently moved to a new location that is unknown to the offender and that is undocumented in public records. Applying for ACP services will not make any existing records unavailable or remove your address from them.

ACP Services

The program is simple and has two basic parts.

First, the ACP assigns program participants a 'substitute' address that can be used in place of their actual address. Washington State and local government agencies are required to accept a participant’s use of the ACP substitute address. Using the substitute address means participants’ records will not contain their location and their mail will be sent to the substitute address instead of receiving it directly. The ACP receives participant mail, repackages it and forwards it to their confidential address.  Private companies do not have to accept the ACP substitute address; victim advocates may be able to suggest ways to stay safe while doing business with private companies.  

The second part of the program is confidentiality for two normally public records: voter registration and marriage records. ACP participants may register to vote as Protected Records Voters (PRV) and apply for Protected Records Marriage (PRM) licensing, which means no record is made available to the public.

How to apply to the ACP

All applications come to the ACP from victim advocates. ACP services alone won't keep anyone safe; to be useful, ACP services must be part of a comprehensive safety plan. Help with threat assessment and safety planning is available at victim assistance programs around the state. Click the "Back" button to get to the map of Washington State and click on the county where you live for victim assistance programs in your area. You’re welcome to call and explain that you want to meet with an advocate to talk about what you can do to stay safe. An advocate can help you develop a safety plan and help decide if the ACP should be part of that safety plan.

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Need more information?
 
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) 1-800-822-1065 (inside WA) or 360-753-2972
WA State Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-562-6025
WA Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

1-800-775-8013 or 360-754-7583
http://www.wcsap.org

Office of Crime Victim Advocacy 1-800-822-1067 or 360-725-2895
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