Secretary of State Address Confidentiality Program reaches five-year mark

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2017

 

More than 1800 families previously subjected to domestic violence, sexual, or stalking offenses have kept their residence addresses out of the hands of the general public and that of the perpetrator thanks to a program administered by the Secretary of State’s Office.

For five years, Arizona’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) has assisted participants through providing a legal alternative to listing their home, work or school address on government applications, forms or records; including court documents, employment applications, driver license, voter registration, and more. Instead participants list a substitute address that becomes the participant's lawful address of record, thus keeping their residence a safe haven. Participant’s mail goes to the substitute address and is then forwarded to the participant’s confidential address.

“This anniversary is somewhat bittersweet,” said Secretary Reagan.  “While we are proud of the work we do to provide a service that can help protect victims from further attacks, the number of participants continues to grow.  Today we celebrate our partners and providers around the state who work hard to increase awareness of this program and help survivors develop a complete safety plan and honor the survivors themselves who are working diligently to keep themselves and their families safe.”

The ACP program is offered to participants at no charge as it is funded through a $50 fine assessed on all individuals convicted of sexual offenses, stalking, and domestic violence crimes.

 

Male or female victims of domestic violence, sexual or stalking offenses are eligible for the program. Applicants may apply for the ACP through more than 180 application assistants from various victim service agencies across the state.

For more information about the ACP or where to find an application assistant, contact call (602) 542-1653, or visit www.azsos.gov/services/acp.