Many people fear the festive period and not a year goes by when a rise doesn’t occur in domestic incidents reported to the police.

For most of us, Christmas conjures up images of crappy cracker jokes, sickly mulled wine and expensive presents. But for others, Christmas is the most feared time of the whole year. Domestic violence rises significantly during the festive period. Not a year goes by when we don’t see a seasonal spike in incidents reported to the police.

As you’d imagine, the combination of financial pressure, free-flowing alcohol and being cooped up in closed quarters, exerts additional burden on relationships. Added with the pressures of 2020 with COVID-19 and lockdown, in an abusive relationship, this pressure is manifold.

For many victims of domestic violence It’s the hardest time of year. The violence is so much more poignant. Across the country, refuges and police forces are currently preparing for a rise in domestic violence cases and referrals.

Bombarded with images of the perfect nuclear family gathered around the gold baubles of a Christmas tree, it can be easy to forget that Christmas is a time of coercion, punishment and violence for many people. Instead of being a time of year to be happy or to be grateful, it becomes a time of year to be on edge. After all, the slightest deviation from perfection the slightest thing can trigger the violence.

On top of this, Christmas is often the only time of year that isolated people are around friends and family. This gives rise to the additional angst of hiding injuries from loved ones.

While incidents of domestic violence rise at Christmas, calls to the National Domestic Violence Helpline actually decrease during the festive period.

Below are just a few examples of what you may be subject to, during the Christmas Break.

  • Being Belittled
  • Biting
  • Isolation
  • Kicking
  • Strangling
  • Being Pushed
  • Threats
  • Slapping
  • Rape
  • Using Children
  • Punching
  • Name Calling
  • Murder

Get help

If you feel you are being subject to Domestic Abuse or a friend or family member is you can contact any member of the domestic violence team confidentially who can offer support. 

We have a 24hr helpline and can provide immediate support and put injunctions in place. Call or text our team on 07739 748 675

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