Does Warmer Weather Lead to More Domestic Violence Incidents?
With temperatures starting to climb, more and more people are leaving the comfort of their homes to enjoy the weather. That means the bar scene here in Jersey City will be hopping most weekends throughout the spring and summer months. As the liquor starts to flow, tempers will begin to rise. And that means a fight will be brewing.
Let’s say your husband is a mean drunk and you always fear this time of the year. After one particularly bad day at work, he calls to let you know that he’s stopping at his favorite bar for, as he swears, one drink.
Three hours later, he walks through the door with liquor on his breath. Almost instantly you begin yelling at each other, and he starts to hit you over and over again. Sound familiar? You’re not alone.
Violence on the Rise in Summer Months
According to an article in Science Daily, researchers from Drexel University had analyzed the crime data in Philadelphia for ten years. What the researchers found is violent crimes do spike when the temperatures rise and the weather turns more pleasant. There was an uptick in crime during warmer-than-normal temperatures in the winter months.
It makes sense. With everyone out enjoying the warmer weather with a few friends and a few beers, there is bound to be more misunderstandings and aggravations. Tempers flare, leading to arguments and fighting. And that can follow a person’s home to their loved ones.
What to Do in a Domestic Violence Situation?
Going back to the scenario above, what could you have done to prevent this from happening? Here are a few tips to keep in mind from the National Domestic Violence Hotline website:
- First, make sure you have a plan in place where you and your children are safe. Make sure your children know where to go for safety and how to get help if necessary. You want to practice this plan over and over again.
- If you know your partner is going to abuse you, leave home if you can or have a phone readily available so you can call for help.
- Make sure there are safe areas in the house where there are no weapons, and there is an easy way to escape. That way in the middle of the argument, you can move to this safe area.
- If you can’t avoid violence, try to make yourself a smaller target. Curl into a ball, protecting your face and head.
- Call the police as soon as possible.
And finally, once the violence is over, contact a trusted attorney to help protect you and your family from any further abuse.
Domestic violence has been plaguing our state for far too long. If you are a victim, you need to escape the situation and get the help you need. But you can’t do it alone. You’re going to need legal help.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have been helping domestic violence victims for 30 years. We have experience in both criminal and family law and we are ready to protect you and your children from any more harm.