Crime Victims' Advocates Honored at State Capitol

Attorney General Pam Bondi speaking at Capitol for Victims' Rights Week: Photo from Twitter Account @AGPamBondi
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UPDATE 4:33 p.m.

Glen Mitchell knows what it's like to lose someone to a violent crime.

Almost 20 years ago, his son Jeff, 14 at the time, was shot in an attempted robbery outside of his high school near Jacksonville.

"Jeff died the next morning about sunrise," said Mitchell. "We faced an unexpected funeral to be followed by the challenges of trying to cope."

Through the tragedy, Mitchell Founded Compassionate Families, Inc. The group helps survivors and families of violent crimes.

"It's our therapy as well. We keep doing it because it also helps us and also extends [Jeff's] memory."

One of the goals this week is to get victims the help they need. In fact 50% of violent crimes go unreported and that's something attorney general Pam Bondi wants to change.

"We need to continue our efforts to identify victims and encourage them to come forward," Bondi told the press on Wednesday. "You cannot be scared to come forward. People are here to help you."

Florida Governor Rick Scott handed out honors to victims' advocates who have dedicated their lives to helping them know they're not alone.

For National Crime Victims' Rights Week here is a list of some toll-free numbers for help.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-SAFE
Parents of Murdered Children 888-818-POMC
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 866-331-9474
National Crime Prevention Council 202-466-6272

For more help you can visit this website below and learn more about the week.

WCTV has a reporter on scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Press Release: National Crime Victims' Rights Week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-Attorney General Pam Bondi will hold the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Ceremony today, April 24. Governor Rick Scott will be joining Attorney General Bondi to recognize outstanding individuals who have assisted crime victims.

WHO: Attorney General Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott

WHAT: National Crime Victims' Rights Week Ceremony

WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m.

WHERE: The Capitol, Cabinet Meeting Room

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