Martinsville holds community discussion on domestic violence

Southside Survivor Response Center is held a panel discussion Thursday that addressed domestic violence. (Photo: WSET)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Southside Survivor Response Center held an open discussion on domestic violence Thursday at New College Institute.

The discussion involved community members and those involved in the process like law enforcement, the commonwealth's attorney's office, and mental health representatives.

A tragic murder in July is part of the reason why the event was held.

Police charged Robert Reynolds with killing Katherine Likens near the BB&T in Martinsville.

According to court documents, Reynolds had been violent toward Likens in the past.

The Southside Survivor Response Center said that within hours of what happened to Likens, they received phone calls from victims concerned about the value of protective orders.

The Center shared they want to encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help.

"We really really want to hear what the community has to say and let people who are providing services educate people about what processes are now," said Warren Rodgers Jr., executive director of the Center.

According to the Center, domestic violence crosses all socio-economic borders and it will take everyone to create change.

They also emphasized their hotline is available 24/7 at 1-(877) 934-3576.

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