ROANOKE,Va. -

Roanoke's Domestic Violence Task Force has another one of its community conversations planned for tonight.

It's an opportunity for you and your family to learn more about this issue that has a big impact in our area.

The conversation begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army on Dale Avenue.

Today's topic is what to do after domestic violence happens.

This event is free and open to everyone.

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Roanoke City and community leaders are speaking out about domestic violence and what they're doing to curb it.

Councilman Sherman Lea says during the holiday season there seems to be an uptick in domestic violence. He says through partnerships, resources are available to victims.

Starting in February there will be several community conversation events held in different parts of the city to address the issue. Lea says there are several resources and he wants the public to know that they are available.

“There are resources. You don't have to suffer. If you're afraid call us now. Don't let it escalate. We are here for you; we can make a difference,” said Lea.

“It all boils down to violence and we just want to protect those people who are in there homes and are more scared of the person they're staying with, then they might even be on a stranger in the street, which doesn't make since to us,” said Captain Ken Argot with the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army offers a program called Turning Point; it's not just for women. Men who are being abused can also seek out help.