No person should ever be afraid of the person they love the most. Unfortunately, that is exactly the case for far too many people. Victims of domestic violence often live in fear of their abusers, even going so far as to relocate, but there is always the risk that an abusive partner could find out the new whereabouts of his or her victim. The National Address Confidentiality program exists to assist families who are victims of domestic violence in New Jersey and other states.
The National Address Confidentiality program (NACP) was first created in 1991. The program seeks to help victims by keeping their home address out of public records, which an abuser could potentially use to locate them. The Secretary of State issues a replacement mailing address, which is then used to pass any incoming mail along to its intended recipient, and shielding the true home address of victims.
New Jersey, in cooperation with over two dozen other states, shares information in order to make each state program better. The victims involved have often suffered from sexual offenses, stalking and other acts of domestic violence. The stories of success can help other states determine how best to help these victims. The states that were early-adopters of the NACP also take on a mentoring role to those who have implemented their programs more recently.
Victims of domestic violence here in New Jersey may benefit from this helpful program. Victims may also find it beneficial to seek the assistance of a legal professional. An attorney can assist with necessary proceedings so that individuals can move forward with their lives, with a renewed sense of hope and optimism. This can be a first step toward a brave new life, free from hurt and fear.