Application Assistant Information
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) depends upon people like you who want to make a difference and volunteer to become Application Assistants. An Application Assistant is a domestic violence or sexual assault advocate who has been designated by the respective agency or nonprofit program, and trained, accepted and registered by the Secretary of State.
As an Application Assistant, you will be helping victims of violence, sexual assault or stalking by providing information about the ACP program, determining whether the ACP should be a part of each victim’s overall safety plan, and helping people to complete and file their applications. A victim of violence may only become a participant in the ACP program through an Application Assistant's referral, so you will be vital to the process of protection.
How to become an Application Assistant
State or local agencies, law enforcement offices and nonprofit agencies that provide counseling or shelter to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking can apply to the Secretary of State's Office to become enrolling agents. These agencies then designate employees to receive training and become Application Assistants. Ceritification as an application assistant is for a period of two years. You must renew your certification at the end of the two years to continue as an application assistant.
Responsibilities of an Application Assistant
As an Application Assistant, you will:
- Know the Address Confidentiality Program laws and rules
- Determine whether your client qualifies for the program
- Determine whether or not the ACP would help your client's overall safety plan
- Explain the program services and participant responsibilities
- Assist the client with completing and filing application materials
- Keep each client’s real address, application and supporting materials confidential
- Make sure that the client understands the limits of the program, and that it is only one part of their overall safety plan
Qualifications for being an Application Assistant
To become an application assistant you must have the following credentials and knowledge about the program:
- Qualifying Credentials: An Application Assistant is an employee of a state or local agency, or a nonprofit program that provides counseling,referral, shelter or other specialized service to victims of domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault or stalking.These employees have shown relevant qualifications to work with these victims. The employing agency has designated the duties of Application Assistant to the person registering.
- No Crime Record: An Application Assistant must certify that they have never been convicted of a crime involving the molestation of children, nor ever been convicted of being a child predator.
- False Statements: The Application Assistant must certify as part of the registration process that all information provided on the form is correct,under penalty of perjury.
- Length of time: An Application Assistant's registration is valid for two years unless terminated sooner. Program certification expires unless a renewal is submitted before expiration date.
- Not Confidential: An Application Assistant's participation in the ACP is not confidential. If the ACP manager is asked, he or she can confirm or deny the participation of an individual in the program.
- Employment status: The Application Assistant is not an employee or agent of the State of West Virginia or the Secretary of State's office.
- Non Discrimination: An Application Assistant must never discriminate against potential participants based on race, creed, color, national origin.
- Cancellation Provision: An application assistant can be cancelled for violation of any of the statements of agreement put forth in the application.
Is Your Client Qualified for the ACP program?
If you answer "yes" to ALL of the following questions, the Address Confidentiality Program may be a beneficial part of your client's overall safety plan.