The Colorado Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) will begin accepting participants by July 1, 2008. The ACP helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking protect their location by providing them with a substitute address and a confidential mail forwarding service. This service is available to survivors who live in Colorado and have recently moved or are moving and do not want the abuser to know where they live. The service prevents potential abusers from locating their victims through public records. Another program benefit is allowing eligible voters to vote by absentee ballot.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old or a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor or incapacitated adult, live in Colorado and be a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and fear for their safety. They must have relocated within the past 90 days to an address that is unknown to the abuser, or be planning to move in the future. They must be willing to designate the ACP as their agent to receive legal documents, service of process, certified and first-class mail.
ACP certification is effective for four years. Participants may cancel their enrollment at any time, or renew their certification at the end of four years.
The first step towards enrolling in the ACP is meeting with an Application Assistant. The Application Assistant is a person who provides counseling, shelter, or other services to victims of domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking and has completed the training and registration process required by the ACP.
The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, which guided the legislation in 2007, recommends that advocates in local domestic violence and sexual assault programs get training to beomce an Appication Assistant. CCADV will be offering advocates training on ACP in regional meetings, online, and at their annual conference. In-person or on-line training is also offered by the State ACP program to become a designated Application Assistant.