Rape Crisis hosting address confidentiality program certification

Certification training for the Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality program is coming up.

The Rape Crisis Intervention Service is co-hosting a training July 26 for anyone who would like to learn about and/or become certified in the program — which offers victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking a substitute address to keep their residential address confidential. The training will take place at the Carroll Nonprofit Center at 255 Clifton Blvd. in Westminster.


“For those who qualify, the [Address Confidentiality Program] is a vital part of a victim's safety plan that offers a substitute address while keeping their actual residential address out of public record,” said Janice A. Kispert, CEO of RCIS of Carroll County. “Our participants use the substitute address when interacting with state and local Maryland government agencies. The ACP offers a free, first-class mail forwarding service. Our main goal is to reduce the likelihood of their abuser locating them once they have fled to a shelter or safe location unknown to their abuser.

“We desire to connect and establish working relationships with organizations in Maryland counties that support the needs of victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault and stalking,” she said.

Sign-up for the program is scheduled from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. July 26 and then Address Confidentiality Program awareness is scheduled directly after, before the application assistant training from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m.

“To help clients apply to our program, advocates must receive application assistant training from our office,” Kispert said. “Application assistant training typically takes about an hour and is intended for experienced domestic violence and human trafficking advocates.

“The awareness portion of the training is well-suited for anyone who may encounter victims and ACP participants, including police, [and] social services,” she said.

Recipients of VAWA and VOCA grants are required to administer the program, and carpooling is recommended as parking at the center is limited.

The training is free and refreshments will be provided. RSVP is required before July 24, and can be confirmed by calling 410-260-3875 or emailing More information can be found on the Maryland Safe at Home website.