For most people the holidays are a time of joy and peace. For those who are experiencing domestic abuse, the holidays can be very stressful. Domestic violence prevention advocates want survivors of domestic abuse to know that no matter where they are this holiday season – whether in Utah or abroad – free, confidential 24-hour help and support is available.
Although the holidays, in general, do not cause domestic violence, the financial stress, emotional anxiety and alcohol consumption that often occurs during the holidays can exacerbate situations and individuals already impacted by domestic violence. Additionally, those who are grieving a loved one as a result of domestic violence may be in need of extra support.
Awareness of the warning signs and red flags of domestic violence can help friends and family members recognize the needs or safety concerns of other friends and family and, most importantly, can help save a life.
Free and confidential 24-hour domestic violence hotlines are available locally and nationally:
Utah Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Additional resources are available online:
“The best gift we can give this holiday season is peace and safety,” said Jenn Oxborrow, executive director of Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. “We want everyone – men, women and children of all ages – to know their well-being is a priority. We are here to support you during the holidays whether you are in Utah or elsewhere. You matter. Your life matters.”
Utah Statistics: https://www.health.utah.gov/vipp/topics/domestic-violence/
Domestic Violence and the Holidays: Promoting Wellness and Managing Stress: https://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NRCDV_TAG-DVandtheHolidays2014.pdf
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