(WTVM) – As we move into the summertime and warmer temperatures, crimes like assaults, battery and thefts are said to increase. That's according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
While some of these crimes can be over within minutes, for the victims the after-effects can last a lifetime.
Every year in April, The Office of Victim's Crimes helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
This year the week of awareness and observance will be from April 2–8.
This year's theme is strength, resilience, and justice.
The message behind the phrase aims to highlight the importance of strengthening those affected by violent crimes and to encourage the community and organizations to act on these challenges.
Here in the Chattahoochee Valley, a memorial service will be held on April 8 in the plaza of the Government Center. The event will be hosted by Victim-Witness Assistance program.
Homeland Security Task Force in Columbus will also be hosting a human trafficking awareness event this week.