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.
Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council Survivor Scholarship
Survivors of crime often struggle to rebuild their lives and regain a sense of dignity after the victimization. This scholarship is designed to recognize and assist individuals in achieving self-efficacy by furthering their goal of achieving an education. The Survivor Scholarship is funded by proceeds from the annual Victims Rights’ Luncheon and is awarded to a resident of Jacksonville, Florida who has been impacted by crime.
This scholarship provides financial support and encouragement to an individual who is either a primary or secondary survivor of a violent crime (Including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated assault/battery, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence and stalking) or family member of a missing person.
Other criteria include:
The scholarships can be used for tuition assistance, room and board support, books and supplies at accredited two and four-year colleges and universities and recognized career (trade, technical or vocational) schools. The funds will be dispersed directly to the educational institution for the next term.
- Current Duval County resident
- Victimization or missing status must have occurred in Jacksonville, Florida (Duval County)
- Currently accepted or enrolled in a college/university or career school with satisfactory achievement (in good standing)
The Scholarship recipient will be acknowledged during the Victims’ Rights Week Luncheon.
Direct questions to Laura Davis at (904) 255-3363 or Vaac@coj.net
Download Application Form
Deadline to submit application February 14, 2020
Submit completed applications to:
City of Jacksonville
Attn: Survivor Scholarship
Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council
1809 Art Museum Drive, Suite 100
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Mayor's Victim Assistance Advisory Council National Crime Victim's Rights Week Award Nominations
April 19 - 25, 2020
The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) will sponsor the annual observation of National Victims’ Rights Week in Jacksonville, FL. 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. The Mayor’s VAAC will present victims’ rights awards in the following categories:
A VAAC Selection Committee will choose the winner in each category. Winners will be honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon during Victims’ Rights Week. Persons submitting nominations may be contacted for additional information and/or to present the awards.
- COURAGEOUS VICTIM – A victim of crime who has shown the courage to speak out and make a difference regarding fair treatment of victims in the criminal justice system and in our community.
- OUTSTANDING VICTIM ADVOCATE – A person or organization that has demonstrated excellence, compassion, and dedication in working for the welfare of victims, improvement of victims’ services, and protection of victims’ rights.
- JUDICIAL VICTIM ADVOCATE – An individual (prosecutor, judge, or other judicial professional) who has demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to victims’ rights.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT VICTIM ADVOCATE – An individual (police officer, correctional officer or other professional) who has demonstrated sensitivity and responsiveness to victims’ rights.
- MEDIA – An individual, corporation or organization that has demonstrated respect for the dignity of victims of crime and sensitivity to victim issues.
Please submit a nomination form for the most outstanding candidate of your choice in one category on the official nomination form. You may nominate more than one person. However, please complete a separate nomination form for each person. Your Nominee can be a paid professional, a volunteer, or an organization.
Include at least two (2) of the following general areas of consideration in your nomination:
DOWNLOAD THE NOMINATION FORM
- Uniqueness of Contribution
- Impact of Service on/in the Community
- Amount of Time Spent on this Achievement
Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
Direct all inquiries to Laura Davis, Vaac@coj.net, 904-255-3363 (office) or 904-255-3355 (fax).
National Crime Victims' Rights Week Annual Awards Luncheon
Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Jacksonville Downtown Main Library
303 North Laura Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Download the Luncheon Reservation form
2020 Crime Victim's Rights Week
Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope
The Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council (VAAC) sponsored the annual observation of National Victims’ Rights Week in Jacksonville. Individuals and organizations that demonstrated outstanding achievements above and beyond their daily responsibilities on behalf of crime victims and victims’ rights were recognized.
April 19 – April 25, 2020
The Victims’ Rights Week Annual Awards honored extraordinary individuals and programs that provided services to crime victims.