Apr 19, 2013 1:51 PM by Dave Froehlich
CORPUS CHRISTI - Starting this Sunday, people here in the Coastal Bend will observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The goal is to help victims find justice and emotional healing.
One local victim is Kristin White. Several years ago, White says she was leaving an abusive relationship, when she unknowingly entered another one.
Things were good at first, but when the two moved in together everything changed. "Shortly after we moved in together, the abuse started," White says.
"He would go out drinking, he would come home and put his hand around my neck, and choke me."
Kristen eventually left, and while she pressed charges, she also went through extensive counseling and took advantage of victim services available through the Nueces County District Attorney's office.
As Crime Victims' Rights Week approaches, she wants to encourage others to get the help they need.
"It doesn't get fixed if people look the other way," she says.
"People need to stand up and say something about it, and be strong. And that's the only way that I think our society will change the way they view these things."
If you'd like to learn more about the resources available for victims or to find out about next week's victims' rights events, call Shirley Esparza at the Nueces County District Attorney's office at 888-0481.