A Domestic Abuse Survivor’s Guide to the Holidays

December 6, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Many people look forward to the holiday season all year long, and some worry about it. For survivors of domestic abuse, how to spot domestic abuse during the holiday season is a big deal. And it should be for all of us. 

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can translate into increased stress and less downtime. The joy and drinking of parties often equate to reasons for worry and even fear. For survivors of domestic abuse, knowing how to avoid domestic abuse during the holidays is the greatest concern of the holiday season.

Yes, the holidays are a great time of year, but does domestic abuse increase during the holidays, and how do abuse survivors navigate this potentially tenuous time of year? The answer is yes, it often does, and here are some tips to help make the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful.

How To Avoid Domestic Abuse During the Holidays

There are two keywords that those close to survivors of domestic abuse and survivors themselves should know: preparation and awareness. Preparation means having an emergency kit ready, not only during the holidays, but year-round.

An emergency kit should include important items like a prepaid phone, IDs, cash, birth certificates, house and car keys, and a list of emergency contacts or safe havens. While we hope we never need to use these kits, it not only provides you with more means and resources, but they will also afford you peace of mind. During the holidays, sometimes even the smallest comfort can mean the world.

Awareness is the other aspect. Parties are indicative of drinking and adult behavior. Unfortunately, alcohol is a known ingredient in many domestic abuse cases. The potential for violence and abuse increases when alcohol use is added to the stress, rush, and financial burden associated with the holiday season.

There are also potential signs of domestic abuse that the victim and those close to them should know. These include signs such as controlling behavior, such as telling someone what they can or can’t do. Isolation is another common sign, as abusers often attempt to keep their victims away from friends, family, and outside support.

Have Questions About Domestic Abuse?

If you or someone you love is or could be a victim of domestic abuse, there is help. Domestic abuse is always painful and can be even more so during the holidays — but you are not alone.

For more information about how to survive the holidays or if you need to talk to someone, the team at Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC is here for you. Contact us to learn more or to get help today.

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