Address Confidentiality Programs


Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors involving physical, sexual, economic and emotional abuse by an intimate partner for the purpose of establishing and maintaining power and control over the other partner.

Violence frequently escalates when batterers believe that they are losing control of their victims, thus exposing victims ti the greatest risk of seriuos injury or death when victims attempt to flee violent relationships. Because many states allow information from voter registration and drivers' licenses to be accessible by the public , batterers often search public records to obtain their victims' physical addresses in order to stalk them.

State-operated Address Confidentiality Programs (ACPs) provide victims of domestic violence-and in some states, stalking and sexual assault--with a legal substitute address to prevent their perpetrators from using public records to track them down.

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