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Domestic Abuse Doesn’t Take a Holiday

When we think of the holidays, many joyous things come to mind. Delicious food, festive decorations, favorite traditions, and of course family. The one thing that many don't think about is domestic abuse.

The weather gets colder and everyone is staying inside, which can mean increased interaction with your abusive partner. The decorations go up and the meal is prepared, but with criticism every step of the way. When family comes in from out of town one becomes an actor- keeping the family secret of abuse that occurs inside the home.

After the relationship has ended, the traditions of holiday movies or songs can bring up painful memories of what was. Financial strains mean gifts are gone without because rent needs to be paid. Or perhaps custody arrangements mean the children split holidays.

With all this in mind, how can we support those struggling during the holidays? We can channel the spirit of gratitude and giving of the season. One way is to ask how we can help someone and really wait for the answer rather than rushing to our next activity. In the words of my favorite holiday song- “To know who needs help, you need only just ask.” Someone who wasn’t sure where to turn now knows someone willing to help.

Extending a hand can be impactful. Inviting someone and their kids to a holiday event in your home or community helps to reduce isolation. Reaching out may start new traditions that build towards positive change.

Whatever we celebrate, let us remember to look around us and find the ways we can bring joy.

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Safe+Sound Somerset staff members author this blog to provoke conversations about the impact of domestic abuse in our society.

About This Blog

Safe+Sound Somerset staff members author this blog to provoke conversations about the impact of domestic abuse in our society.

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