Program Offers Address Protection for Victims

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office says certain victims of crime can seek a substitute address for their protection.

As of July 1, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking who fear for their safety, and who have relocated to escape their abuser, can seek a substitute address from the Mississippi Attorney General's Address Confidentiality Program.

The A.G.'s office says a victim enrolled in the Address Confidentiality Program may request that local and state agencies use the Attorney Generals Office designated ACP substitute address for mail receipt and service of process.

First-class, registered and certified mail and legal documents will be forwarded to the victims new, confidential location.

By law, the confidential addresses of those enrolled in the Address Confidentiality Program are exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983. If a public records request is made, the victims actual residence remains confidential, while the substitute address becomes the address of public record.

Officials say it's not a total guarantee of safety, but it can be part of a safety plan and help victims as they work to rebuild their lives.

For more information on how to apply for the Address Confidentiality Program, you may contact Mississippi Attorney Generals Crime Victim Compensation Division at 1-800-829-6766 or do so online. A link is provided below.

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