Domestic Violence at the Holidays: What You Should Know
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! The official start of the holiday season, Thanksgiving is a time where we sit down with our loved ones and give thanks for the wonders of life.
Unfortunately, the holiday season is not all that jolly for many. Domestic violence is on the rise in this country and the holiday season can bring out the worst in people. Tensions flare and old grievances can come up. But does domestic violence spike during the holiday season?
It’s hard to say. Many news outlets report an increase while others say there is actually a decrease. But no matter what the news says, one fact is true: Domestic violence still occurs no matter what time of year it is.
We’ve mentioned several times how domestic violence is an epidemic sweeping across this country. And even with such a joyous season, you may still experience abuse. So is there something you can do this holiday season to protect yourself?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:
- Call for help. Although victims may feel like they are alone, it’s important to remember that there is help available out there. You can always call a friend, family member, or a co-worker who is will to help or be a witness. There are also local and national domestic violence hotlines available to call 24/7. And don’t forget to call the police as well as your attorney.
- Keep your phone and some money with you at all times. And make sure that phone is fully charged. You never know when the situation will become dire and you will need to escape a hostile situation.
- Have a “safe” word or phrase. If you’re in a violence or emergency situation, you may not be able to tell whoever is at the end of the line what’s going on. Try to have an agreed upon “safe” word with a friend or family member who is on standby, ready to take your call.
- Keep the abuse in the open. Domestic violence is such a secretive problem. It almost always happens behind closed doors. If abuse does occur, make sure it’s in public where you have witnessed it. This will help your case later on.
- Have an escape plan. Just as you need a close friend on standby, you should have an escape plan ready to go if things become explosive. Consider possible escape routes in the home and make sure you check to make sure your plan will be successful.
Have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone. And if you become a victim of domestic violence, don’t forget to contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone to learn what your legal options are going forward.