Secretary of State to strengthen protections for Washingtonians escaping violence

Secretary of State to strengthen protections for Washingtonians escaping violence

Washington’s Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), a service that has operated more than 25 years, has completed the first phase of a program modernization project.

Established in 1991 to keep addresses out of the hands of perpetrators, the ACP offers enrollees a legal substitute address for use on state and local government records as well as a confidential mail service.

Responding to an increased demand for ACP services and information, the program upgraded its website to explain essential elements of the program, such as eligibility and enrollment, and to provide advocates with technical training materials.

“I’ve seen firsthand how the ACP can change lives,” said Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, whose office manages the program. “This innovative program was the first of its kind in the nation and is now replicated in 36 states because it works. But as information technology evolves, we need to make sure this trusted program keeps pace.”

The ACP serves nearly 5,000 who have fled violence and are building new lives, such as survivors of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking. It also relieves government agencies of the difficult and costly task of maintaining confidential records.