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Office of The Victim Advocate. Address Confidentiality Program. Office of The Victim Advocate. System based Experience in handling confidential information. What Is ACP ?. Provides a legal substitute address to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking

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office of the victim advocate

Office of The Victim Advocate

Address Confidentiality Program

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Office of The Victim Advocate
  • System based
  • Experience in handling confidential information
what is acp
What Is ACP ?
  • Provides a legal substitute address to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking
    • A free first-class confidential mail forwarding service
    • Protection of State and County Government records
  • A victim of domestic violence
  • A victim of sexual assault
  • A victim of stalking
  • A person who is a member of the same household as a program participant
  • Relocated or plans to relocate to a location not known to the perpetrator
exceptions for participation
Exceptions for Participation
  • A released offender complying with State or County Probation/Parole requirements
  • A convicted sexual offender who must register under Megan’s Law Act 25 of 1995
how to apply
How to Apply
  • Complete the ACP application at a local Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Victim Service Program
  • Provide a written affidavit describing the perpetrator’s past abuse as well as any fear of future violent acts
  • Provide a signature on all documents and the ACP authorization card
upon enrollment
Upon Enrollment
  • Assignment of the substitute address and ACP number
  • Issued a laminated ACP authorization card
  • Enrollment is valid for a period of 3 years
Jane Doe, 00345

PO Box 2465

Harrisburg, PA 17105-2465

agent for service of process
Agent for Service of Process
  • Participant designates OVA as their agent for service of process
  • Legal mail is considered received upon OVA’s signature
  • A victim cannot avoid their legal responsibilities by refusing to accept mail ACP will forward to them
substitute address
Substitute Address
  • Has no relation to the participant’s actual address
  • Is a PO Box Number with the participant’s ACP #
  • Used for all first class, registered and certified mail
  • No packages, magazines, junk mail etc
use of substitute address
Use of Substitute Address
  • State and local government agencies must accept the substitute address on the ACP authorization card
      • DPW
      • Dept. of State
      • Dept. of Transportation
      • Dept. of Education
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Use of Substitute Address
  • Private companies do not have to accept the address but may do so if asked
      • Electric Company
      • Telephone Company
      • Cable Company
      • Mortgage/Landlord
cancellation from acp
Cancellation From ACP
  • Participant provided false information on their application
  • Failed to notify ACP within 5 days of a name or address change
  • Mail is returned to ACP as non-deliverable
Cancels their participation from the program
  • Fails to renew their participation prior to the expiration date
  • If cancelled from ACP, a participant can reapply
disclosure of actual address
Disclosure of Actual Address
  • OVA grants the state or local government agency a waiver
  • In an emergency where a participant and/or family member may be in danger
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Disclosure of Actual Address
  • A court order directs OVA to release the participant’s address
  • If State or Local Law Enforcement is conducting a criminal investigation
      • No notice to participant is given
waiver request
Waiver Request

State/Local Government Agency

requests actual address of ACP Participant

OVA notifies the ACP Participant

allowing for comment

Waiver form is sent to the Agency

requesting the address. The form is returned

to OVA


OVA reviews the request

Waiver Denied

OVA sends certified mail reasons

for denial

Waiver Granted

OVA sends the address with

instructions on the limited use

of the address

After receipt of denial Agency may appeal

within 15 days

Ova has 30 days to respond

may request additional information or

conduct a hearing

this is OVA’s final determination

Agency is denied- 30 days to appeal

for review by general Court

OVA is given notice of any action taken

the advocate s role
The Advocate’s Role
  • Assist victim to determine if they are eligible for ACP services. For example:
    • Location unknown to perpetrator
    • Able to manage a delay of mail delivery
  • Assist victim in understanding the limits of ACP
    • Just one part of a safety strategy
  • Assist victim in understanding responsibilities as a participant
for more information
For More Information

Call the Office of The Victim Advocate