The nonprofit organization wants you to be aware of the signs things may be unsafe in your home or that of a loved one.
AUSTIN, Texas – When most of us think about the holidays and the end of the year, hopefully our minds are filled with pleasant images. But unfortunately, for many people in the US and around the world, it’s the exact opposite. This time is a time of fear and dread for some as cases of domestic violence have increased significantly during this time.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) states that in the United States, an average of nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner. This corresponds to more than 10 million women and men in one year.
Corresponding hope alliance in Round Rock, 33% of women have been abused by a romantic partner; 81% of teens experience physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner; and 33% of homeless women with children have experienced domestic violence.
Jimmie Gable, a consultant at Home Alliance, said people come to counseling more slowly over the holidays, but things are starting to improve in January and February. She said this is because reports of abuse during the holiday season are usually reported later.
“During this time, they often do not seek help. You are too busy. you have family They won’t be out looking for help,” Gable said.
Gable said domestic abuse is increasing during the holiday season for a number of possible reasons:
- Stress from holiday shopping, finances, and planning can aggravate volatile personalities.
- Offenders are more likely to drink alcohol or use drugs when they are not working.
- Criminals are more likely to be home alone with their victims than at other times of the year.
“There is data that shows that one of the most dangerous days of the year is New Year’s Day,” Gable said. “Domestic violence is said to increase 2.7 times on New Year’s Day as opposed to a normal normal day, so you’re probably thinking alcohol is a factor.”
Gable added that there are different types of abuse: domestic, sexual, emotional, and even financial. She said if you suspect someone you know is in an abusive situation or senses a shift in your own relationship, there are signs you can look for.
- Bruises or cuts worse than their explanations.
- Wearing inappropriate or unusual clothing to cover up (turtlenecks, indoor sunglasses, long skirts or pants if they usually wear shorter clothing).
- Being unusually quiet, withdrawn, or anxious.
- Fear or apprehension, especially when the abuser is not around.
- Depression or discussing suicidal thoughts.
- Development of a drug or alcohol problem.
- Being late more often than usual or canceling at the last minute.
- Avoiding parties or other activities they used to enjoy, especially with friends and family.
- Lack of money or access to resources because the partner is in control.
Gable added that it’s important to always approach anyone you think is in an abusive situation with compassion and empathy.
“If you feel like you don’t have your freedoms, you’re being called names, you’re just not being treated the way you should — yes, reach out to Hope Alliance,” Gable said.
https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/hope-alliance-domestic-violence-holidays/269-7ff942df-4dca-4562-936c-fbfe0f5e5221 Hope Alliance warns domestic violence won’t stop during the holidays or New Year’s Day