The holiday season is filled with love and joy. We spend our time with family and friends; enjoy shopping, baking and decorating the house. The spirit of the season is magical—wonderful memories are made and relationships are strengthened and renewed.
Unfortunately, the holidays also bring on additional stress. Commitments of time, financial strain, and travel can add pressure. During the season, abusers are prone to react to the additional stress with volatility and abuse, both verbal and physical. Domestic violence incidents can increase during this time of year.
We can be more vigilant during the season. Do you notice a family member, coworker, or friend withdrawing? Appearing sad instead of happy? We can reach out and offer to listen, or maybe even guide her to an organization that can help.
No one deserves to be alone during the holidays and being a victim of domestic violence is a lonely place to be.
Let's support each other to make this holiday season the best one yet. Enjoy your holiday with family and friends!