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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.


Take back the Night event infoUpcoming Events

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Meet on The Green at 7:00 p.m.
UNF Women’s Center
Please wear purple or your Take Back the Night Shirt.
Masks are expected.

Funded by the Student Life and Services Fee. UNF is an equal access/equal opportunity university


Mayor’s Victim Assistance Advisory Council Survivor Scholarship

Purpose

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.

Eligibility

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:
  • 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 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.

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


Contact

Johnnetta Moore
(904) 255-3322
JMoore@coj.net