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Roanoke police say domestic violence is on rise

August 6, 2010 |

Roanoke authorities held a news conference to make victims aware of the services that are available to them.

Alcohol and the bad economy are fueling an increase in calls to Roanoke police for domestic-related problems, police said at a news conference Thursday.

The conference, held in front of an RV outfitted as the department's mobile command vehicle parked at a CVS Pharmacy in Southeast Roanoke, aimed to educate domestic violence victims about services available to them.

"We hope through education we can encourage families to seek the help they need," Vice Mayor Sherman Lea said during the event.

Citywide calls for help with domestic issues rose 20 percent in the first six months of this year, from the same six-month period the year before, according to police data.

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