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.
Real Talk: A Discussion on Community Violence
Saturday, December 11, 2021
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Moderated by Judge Gary P. Flower
Legends Center. 5130 Soutel Dr.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by December 8th.
Event will feature a Crime Victime Services Resource Fair
- Gun Violence
- Partner & sexual violence
- Mental health
- Juvenile crime
- Community resouorces
Lunch will be provided.
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