The Mayor's Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) coordinates and encourages cooperative efforts among social service, criminal justice, mental health and other agencies to provide assistance to crime victims and their families.
The Council is composed of a chair and 26 members appointed by the mayor and confimed by the City Council. Members serve terms of three years each. The 27 members represent a cross-section of representatives of community mental health, social services, criminal justice, education, the medical profession, crime victims and their advocates, and members of the general public.
Duties and Responsibilities
To coordinate and encourage cooperative efforts among social services, criminal justice, mental health and other agencies and persons (public and private) whose purpose is to provide assistance to crime victims, their families and/or their significant others.
To be a forum for discussing, studying, reviewing and considering from time to time, the community's needs; to make recommendations for improvements to existing city and/or other community services for crime victims, or for the establishment of essential, necessary and comprehensive services or service linkages where none yet exists.
To plan, sponsor and conduct conferences, seminars, and other special events concerning victim rights, crime prevention, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, survivors of homicide, and the victimization of others, including the elderly and minorities.
2017 Crime Victim's Rights Week
Strength. Resilience. Justice.
The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) will sponsor the annual observation of National Victims’ Rights Week in Jacksonville. Individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding achievements above and beyond their daily responsibilities on behalf of crime victims and victims’ rights will be recognized.
April 2 – April 8, 2017
Schedule of Events
Pictured above: award winners from the Victims' Rights Week Awards luncheon on April 6, 2017. From left to right : Ray Tuenge - Media Award;
Nakesa Barnhill - Courageous Victim Award; Dr. Rachel Thomas - Outstanding Victim Advocate Award; Judge Pauline M. Drake - Judicial Victim Advocate Award; Shirley Webb - The Mitchell Family Lifetime Achievement Award. JSO Sergeant Nuria Archbol (not pictured) recieved Law Enforcement Award.
Monday, April 3, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.
Kickoff Press Conference
City Hall – St. James Building – Atrium
(Kickoff press conference recognizes National Victims’ Rights Week in Jacksonville. The Mayor’s
Office, State Attorney’s Office, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement from surrounding areas, victim advocates, victims of crime and their families will participate. The kickoff provides an opportunity to raise awareness about crime and the services and programs available to assist victims in Jacksonville.)
Monday, April 3, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Justice Coalition’s Tossing of the Roses
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Take Back the Night
UNF Student Center Building
Thursday, April 6, 2017– 12:00 p.m.
Victims’ Awards and Recognition Luncheon
Jacksonville Downtown Main Library
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
Unity in the Community
Families of Slain Children
3108 N. Myrtle Avenue
For Victims’ Rights Week Events Information Contact:
Thelma Jackson at (904) 630-7103 or firstname.lastname@example.org