Crimes of all kinds happen everyday leaving behind victims with all types of wounds.
Jim Wells County District Attorney's Office held the first Crime Victims' Awareness Walk Wednesday. People gathered at the JWC Courthouse as they joined the nation in remembrance to all victims' of criminal activity.
According to County Attorney Michael Guerra, his office file over 700 cases in 2017. Out of the 700 cases file 586 were criminal cases and 132 were protective orders.
Those individuals don't always get the help they need after the crime as affected their life, according to JWC DA Carlos Garcia.
"Letting people know what we have available here locally...," Garcia stated. "some (individuals) get the help, but many others didn't even know help was available. Many others didn't know who they were suppose to call. Many didn't know that we actually have that here in Alice but we do. We are part of a bigger organization it's not just Alice, it's not just Jim Wells."
Mayor Jolene Vanover read a proclamation during the National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony. The week raises awareness about crime, victims' issues, victims' rights and to reach out to victims of all crimes. This year's theme is “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.”
"It's not just about this week...," Garcia said. "We have crime victims every single day. Every single day somebody needs help in our community."
The awareness walk is to get people thinking about the things that help others help themselves.
"Let's not underestimate the power we have as individuals as citizens of our community when we are living in a world that's upside down," JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno. "It's going to take the strength of small communities such as this one and people like yourselves."