The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) was established by Chapter 409 of the Acts of 2000. Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking often attempt to escape from actual or threatened violence by establishing new addresses. Too often the perpetrator of violence locates the new address. ACP provides a means by which victims may use a confidential address in order to stay safe from actual or threatened violence.
In order to be certified as a program participant, the applicant must show that disclosure of his or her address threatens the safety of the applicant or the applicant's children. ACP permits program participants to use a substitute mailing address when interacting with government agencies. The substitute address is used as the program participant's legal residence, as well as work and/or school address. Consequently, government records may be disclosed to the public without identifying the victim's new location.
ACP is an important and necessary program in the Commonwealth.
P.O. Box 9120
Chelsea, Massachusetts 02150-9120
Administration of the Address Confidentiality Program is provided for by Regulations promulgated by the Secretary at 950 CMR 130.