Holiday season is the time for families get together and to have fun, but for many women and children, it is a time of fear and violence.
Holiday stress combined with increased alcohol consumption creates a perfect storm for domestic violence.
There's a lot of stress associated with the holidays which often gives way to domestic violence.
People tend to drink more alcohol during this time. About half of all domestic violence occurs when either the perpetrator or victim is under the influence of alcohol.
In majority of cases women and children are the victims of such a situation. However, most often a woman does not realise how serious the issue is until it becomes very dangerous or even fatal.
When a partner is threatening suicide or there are guns in house, these are very dangerous situations. If you find yourself in one of these situations you need to find a way out.
It is important for the family members to be aware of the signs of abuse. Bruises, cuts and broken bones are the most obvious signs, but not the most common. Low self esteem, fear of conflict and excessive self-blame are other red flags.
If you suspect that a family member or friend is the victim of domestic violence, you should offer help, support and encouragement right away.