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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.

2016 Crime Victim's Rights Week

Serving Victims-Building Trust-Restoring Hope

April 10 – April 16, 2016

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.

Schedule of EventsVictim's Rights Awards Nomination FormAward Luncheon Reservation Form

Monday, April 11th, 2016 – 11:30a.m.

Kickoff Press Conference
City Hall – St. James Building Atrium

Monday, April 11th, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.

Justice Coalition Tossing of the Roses
The Jacksonville Landing

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 – 11:00a.m.

Resource Fair
Jacksonville Downtown Library

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 – 12:00p.m.

Awards and Recognition Luncheon
Jacksonville Downtown Library

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 – 6:00p.m.

Compassionate Families Candlelight Vigil
Unity Plaza – 220 Riverside Avenue

Friday, April 15th, 2016 – 5:00p.m.

Families of Slain Children Balloon Release
3108 North Myrtle Avenue

For Victims’ Rights Week Events Information Contact:

Thelma Jackson at (904) 630-7103 or


Thelma Jackson
(904) 630-7103