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Attorney General’s Confidential Mail Program Protects Crime Victims

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

OKLAHOMA CITY — A little-known mail program provided by the Attorney General’s Office offers crime victims a secure way to receive mail.

The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), through the AG’s Victim Services Unit, allows the office to contribute to the safety of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by denying abusers the opportunity to use public records to track victims’ residential information.

The program provides participants with a substitute address for interacting with state and local agencies and has no relation to the participant’s actual address. The mail is received and sorted at the AG’s Office and forwarded at no charge to the participant’s address to keep the participant’s actual location private.

“Our goal is to provide all victims in Oklahoma the security of keeping their information out of harm’s way,” Pruitt said.

The AG’s Office works in partnership with state and local governments, the State Election Board, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and public schools across the state to make sure victims do not have to disclose their real addresses. All active participants are eligible to vote by absentee ballot as “Protected Registered Voters.” Verification of enrollment eligibility and transfer of school records is controlled by program staff.

There are currently 869 adults and children actively participating in the program. Since the program started in 2003 there have been more than 2,100 participants.

To enroll for the ACP, participants are not required to provide proof that they are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. All crime victims are eligible to apply and will be referred to an application assistant – a trained victim services support staff member – to help assess an overall safety plan.

Participants are certified for four years unless they cancel before the expiration date. After the four years is complete, participants have the option to renew.

The ACP statute, Title 22 O.S. § 60.14, requires all state and local government agencies, including the courts, law enforcement and public schools, to accept the substitute address the Attorney General's Office provides to the participant rather than their physical address.

To enroll in the Address Confidentiality Program, e-mail acp@oag.ok.gov or call (866) 227-7784.

The mission of the AG’s Victim Services Unit is to improve services for Oklahoma crime victims and families who have suffered injustice at the hands of an offender.

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