Victim Assistance Advisory Council Presents Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week Events

March 31, 2014  

The City of Jacksonville, in conjunction with other local agencies, will host a series of events to recognize crime victims as part of the local observance of National Crime Victims’ Week, April 6-12. The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) is joining forces with law enforcement, judges, victim advocates and concerned citizens throughout Jacksonville and the surrounding areas to raise awareness about victims’ rights. 

This year’s theme, 30 Years – Restoring the Balance of Justice, focuses on bringing awareness to the struggle of victims in the Jacksonville community while recognizing the importance of helping those who have been victimized rebuild stronger lives. Coinciding with public rallies, candlelight vigils and other similar activities held across the nation, the events scheduled locally, as detailed below, will honor victims, their families and those who serve them.

Scheduled 2014 National Victims’ Rights Week Activities:

Monday, April 7, 11:30 a.m.

Victims’ Rights Week Kickoff Press Conference
Location: City Hall Atrium
117 W. Duval St. – 32202
The kickoff press conference will recognize National Victims’ Rights Week in Jacksonville. Featured speakers will include Mayor Alvin Brown, State Attorney Angela Corey, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, local victim advocates, and victims of crimes and their families. Mayor Brown will present a proclamation for the 2014 Victims’ Rights Week, which acknowledges that approximately 19 million Americans who are victims of crime each year. National Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the services and programs available to assist victims.

Tuesday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Victims’ Rights Resource Fair
Location: Main Library Auditorium
303 N. Laura St. – 32202
The City of Jacksonville’s Victim Services Center, the Justice Coalition, Compassionate Families, Hubbard House, Families of Slain Children, State Attorney’s Office, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other agencies will have displays depicting the various services available to assist crime victims and their families.

Tuesday, April 8, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Annual Awards Luncheon
Location: Main Library Auditorium
303 N. Laura St. – 32202
The Victims’ Rights Week Annual Luncheon will honor extraordinary individuals and programs that provide services to crime victims. The VAAC will present awards in the following categories: Courageous Victim, Outstanding Victim Advocate, Judicial Victim Advocate, Law Enforcement Victim Advocate and Media. The event is open to the public and the cost of lunch is $30. For more information or to make a reservation please visit or call Thelma Jackson at (904) 630-7103.

Thursday, April 10, 6:00 p.m.

Memorial Tribute and Candlelight Vigil
Location: Friendship Fountain
1015 Museum Circle – 32207
Crime victims will be honored as their names are read aloud during the vigil. The event is sponsored by Compassionate Families and members of VAAC to honor victims of violent crime and homicide. The goal of the event is to bring awareness and allow families of victims to honor their loved ones.

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