Domestic Violence Forum Continues

Salem, VA - A local initiative is picking up steam in the ongoing battle against domestic violence.

It's called "A Valley Wide Community Conversation," and it's a series of meetings held all across the Roanoke Valley.

Wednesday organizers announced their fourth installment.

Roanoke Councilman, Sherman Lea, started the initiative last September.

The announcement coincides with a Roanoke City effort that will begin putting domestic violence offenders on notice that the police department is taking the issue seriously.

"This is very proactive and this is preventative. We're saying, 'You've done it in the past; don't so it again because we're putting you on notice," said Roanoke police chief, Chris Perkins.

"It's a work in progress but I'm just so pleased with everybody coming together trying to make an impact," added Lea

People interested in taking part in the initiative will be introduced to a variety of resources available to victims of domestic violence.

The next meeting is set for September 8th at the Salem Civic Center and is open to the public.