In fact, there’s a great deal of evidence to suggest that domestic abuse increases over the season. Triggers can include financial worries, increased alcohol consumption, family pressures and expectations as well as the simple fact that people are off work and spend more time with those close to them.
Domestic violence not only affects victims. It impacts their family, friends and neighbours too. If you know someone you think may be in an abusive relationship, you can take steps to help them get through the holidays safely.