Victims of family violence, stalking and sexual assault now have a resource to help keep their addresses confidential. As directed by the Texas Legislature, the Office of the Attorney General has implemented the Texas Address Confidentiality Program with the cooperation of other state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
"Texas family violence, stalking and sexual assault victims can now obtain a confidential address that will help them protect their privacy and keep them secure," Attorney General Abbott said. "We are grateful to the victim assistance organizations that partnered with us to ensure that this program provides the meaningful protections intended by the Legislature."
Applicants must meet with a local domestic violence shelter, sexual assault center, law enforcement or prosecution staff member to discuss a safety plan and learn more about the enrollment process. To get contact information for local shelters, access the Texas Council on Family Violence Web site at www.tcfv.org or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE. To contact local sexual assault centers, access the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Web site at www.taasa.org or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656- HOPE. Meeting with a victim advocate is vital to this process and required by law.
Sheryl Cates, chief executive officer of the TCFV and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, praised the program: "The ACP is yet another valuable tool available to victims of family violence in protecting themselves from the perpetrators who abuse them. We are grateful to General Abbott and his staff for seeking input from the Texas Council on Family Violence and many other domestic violence service providers in the development of ACP guidelines."
Annette Burrhus-Clay, executive director of TAASA, added: "Rape is a crime that removes control from a victim; this measure provides one additional avenue for restoring that control. TAASA is proud to have worked with the Legislature, the Attorney General and other victim advocacy organizations to see this important program through to fruition, and we're hopeful that survivors of sexual violence, stalking and domestic violence will find this a helpful tool on their path to recovery."
Information about the program can be found on the ACP Web page. For more information about the Address Confidentiality Program or to learn more about the eligibility criteria, contact the program at (512) 936-1750 or (888) 832-2322.
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