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Office of the Attorney General Address Confidentiality Program

With increased public access to personal information, there is a rising need for address confidentiality for victims of family violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Fearing for their safety, many victims do not obtain a driver's license or register to vote. Thirty-one states have authorized programs to protect the location of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the establishment of a confidential mailing address or address confidentiality program.

Senate Bill 74 amends Article 56 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, by adding Subchapter C, Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Family Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is charged with creating and maintaining an address confidentiality program to assist these victims by by June 1, 2008.

Under the program, the Crime Victim Services Division will designate a substitute post office box address that a participant may use in place of the participant's actual residential, business, or school address. The Division will also act as an agent to receive service of process and mail on behalf of the participant and forward to the participant first class mail received by the OAG on behalf of the participant. This substitute address can be used as the victim's main address for driver's license, voter, and school registration, as well as for most court and government documents. Businesses such as banks, credit unions, credit card companies, and utility companies are not legally required to accept the ACP address.

To be eligible for the program an applicant must:

  • meet with a victim assistance counselor from a state or local agency or other entity identified by the attorney general that provides counseling and shelter services to victims of family violence;
  • file an application for participation with the attorney general or a state or local agency or other entity identified by the attorney general;
  • designate the attorney general as agent to receive service of process and mail on behalf of the applicant; and
  • live at a residential address, or relocate to a residential address, that is unknown to the offender.

Additional eligibility criteria may be established by the OAG prior to certifying an applicant for participation in the program.

Please check the Crime Victim Services Division page of the OAG's Web site in the coming months for more information and details.

In this issue:

Welcome Letter
Advice for Advocates:
Protecting Teen Victims

New Crime Victims' Compensation Application
Confidentiality Program
Dating Violence
Putting an End to Teen Dating Violence
Dating Violence in Schools: What You Can Do
Expect Respect: Taking an Ecological Approach to Prevention
Bexar County Family Justice Center
Legislative Highlights
Lessons Learned
Pseudonym Form for Victims of Family Violence
Office on Violence Against Women
One Teen's Experience Escaping Abuse
Texas Teen Page
Helping Teen Victims of Crime
Tools for Helping Texas Teens in a Nutshell
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