Thursday, December 18, 2014

Domestic Violence and Holidays

For many, the holidays represent a time of family togetherness, food and fun, yet for victims of domestic violence, the picture may not be as pretty.

Consumption of alcohol, stress, financial expectations or increased traffic in the home, all unfortunately contribute to a household where abuse is already present.

In trying to keep the peace, many stay in the home despite the abuse in order to fool family members into believing that all is well.

During this time of year violence actually intensifies, yet ironically cries for help decrease. Statistics prove that calls to domestic violence hotlines then increase substantially once the holidays are over, as victims seek shelter and assistance from violent acts.

If you, or someone you know is being physically or emotionally abused, please seek help, when it is safe to do so, by calling your local Domestic Violence Hotline, or speaking with someone you trust.  YOU are not at fault and deserve to be protected and happy.

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