Domestic Violence at Christmas
Happy holidays, everyone! Christmas is only days away; can you believe it? Nevertheless, it is a time where we focus on togetherness with our loved ones, while we give to those who need it most.
Unfortunately, the holiday season cannot be cheerful for many. Domestic violence is on the rise in this country, especially in New Jersey, and the holiday season can bring out the worst in people. Anger and resentment can boil over. Old grievances can come up. But, so does a spike in domestic violence incidents.
It’s hard to say why. Alcohol is more likely to be consumed and tends to lead to aggression in people. The stress of buying gifts and traveling to see family and friends are potential factors too. News outlets are reporting an increase in incidents, while others are reporting a decrease. Regardless, one fact is true: Domestic violence still occurs no matter what time of year it is.
Tips to Keep in Mind if Abused
We’ve mentioned several times how domestic violence is an epidemic spreading across the country. Even the supposed happiness of the holiday season cannot stop those who experience domestic abuse. But, what can you do to protect yourself during holiday celebrations or anytime for that matter?
- Call for help. Although victims may feel like they are alone, it’s important to remember that help is available. You can always call a friend, family member, or a co-worker who is willing to help or be a witness. There are also local and national domestic violence hotlines available to call 24/7, along with law enforcement.
- Have your phone and money ready to go. Make sure that your phone is fully charged. You never know when the situation will become out of hand, causing a need to leave immediately.
- Have a “safe” word or phrase. If you are in an emergency situation, you may not be able to tell whoever is on the other end of a phone call what is exactly going on. Try to have an agreed upon “safe” word with a friend or family member who is on standby and ready to take your call.
- Keep the abuse in the open. Domestic violence is such a secretive issue. It almost always happens behind closed doors. If abuse does occur, make sure it’s in a public setting where potential witnesses might be.
- Ready an escape plan. Just as you need a close friend or family member on standby, you should have an escape plan ready to go if things become dangerous. Consider possible escape routes in your home and make sure you check that your plan will be successful.
If all else fails, you are going to need an experienced domestic violence attorney on your side. That is where the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone come in. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team will advise you on what steps you should take next.