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. VAAC logo

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.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council
Victim Services Center
1809 Art Museum Drive, Suite 100
Jacksonville, Florida  32207

Monday, April 20th, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.
Kickoff Press Conference
City Hall – St. James Building Atrium
Monday, April 20th, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
Justice Coalition Honors Those Taken by Violent Crime
The Jacksonville Landing
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.
Resource Fair
Jacksonville Downtown Library
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.
Awards and Recognition Luncheon
(ticket required)

Jacksonville Downtown Library
If you know someone who has demonstrated outstanding achievements above and beyond their daily responsibilities on behalf of crime victims and victims’ rights, please submit a nomination form for them to be recognized at the Annual Awards luncheon. You may nominate more than one person. However, please complete a separate nomination form for each person. Nomination forms are available here.
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
Compassionate Families Candlelight Vigil
Hemming Park
Friday, April 24th, 2015 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Families of Slain Children Growth and Development Day
3108 N. Myrtle Avenue


Thelma Jackson
(904) 630-7103