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Domestic Violence Doesn't Take A Break For Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and most of us are busy with traditions, family gatherings and the joy that holidays bring.  But for many, the holidays continue on as any other day; with an all-encompassing fear and feelings of isolation.  Domestic violence doesn’t take a break for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holidays.  It still persists for so many people. 

There’s a common perception that domestic violence tends to increase during the holidays.  It’s hard to get a clear picture, however, because it varies for every agency.  Some agencies do see a spike in calls during the holidays, while others experience a decrease in calls.  As much as we would like to think that domestic violence might actually decrease during the holidays, there could be other reasons for it.  It may be that the victim does not want to disrupt his/her family during the holidays, especially when children are involved. 

Whatever the reasons might be for an increase or decrease in calls during the holidays, we know that domestic violence still persists.  That’s why we’re so proud and thankful for our advocates at the Helpline.  They’re dedicated to helping victims and survivors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  We’re also thankful for the courage victims and survivors have when deciding to reach out to us.  Your strength inspires us to continue providing the best care to each and every caller.      

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, please call us at 1.800.770.1650.  There will never be any fees or judgment – just help.