Domestic Violence During the Holidays

For most people, the holidays are a time of celebration, and something to look forward to. For some, however the stress of planning get-togethers, buying presents, and the general hustle and bustle of the season can prove to be too much. According to police, domestic violence calls increase dramatically during the holidays.

 Each year, nearly 44,000 adults seek relief from domestic violence in Illinois, though only a small percentage is able to receive shelter. The requests for services increase dramatically during and after the holidays. During the holiday season, people feel an immense amount of pressure. Many families suffer financial strain while attempting to buy presents for their children, and when this is combined with close quarters with visiting families and increased alcohol consumption it can lead to a volatile situation. In some cases, physical violence is the result. Many other families report an increase in the amount of emotional abuse that occurs.

According to Sojourn Shelter Chief Executive Officer Angela Bertoni, that may not be the only reason for the increased instances of domestic violence during the holidays, either. In a recent interview with Fox Illinois, she stated that many victims choose to return to their abusers during the holidays because they feel pressured to spend time with family. Shelters cannot refuse victims who want to leave, though they do encourage them not to return to abusive situations.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or abuse, and would like to receive help, call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 877-863-6338.

Domestic violence is one of the major causes of couples filing for divorce. If you are considering filing for divorce in an abusive situation, it is very important you do not try to handle things on your own. Contact a qualified Illinois divorce attorney today. We can help get any orders of protection you may need as well as ensure that you remain safe throughout the divorce process.

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