In this Dothan Eagle file photo families of murder victims release balloons following a candle light vigil held at the First Presbyterian Church during National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
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Waking up and going about our normal routine has been a little different the past few weeks while trying to combat COVID-19. But having a daily routine change is something a violent crime survivor or the family of a homicide victim knows all too well; “normal” no longer exists.
This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, set aside to remember the violent crime survivors as well as those who lost their life because of a violent crime.
“So many people are aware what a victim’s family actually goes through when they have lost a loved one due to violent crime,” said Shelly Linderman, director of the Wiregrass Angel House. “We have victims who have survived a violent crime. Everyone has just had their lives changed forever. For the victims who have survived a violent crime, you are truly survivors. The victims never need to be forgotten.”