For most people and families, the Christmas period is a time of joy and immense fun. We can enjoy a well-earned break from work, spend some time with our families and loved ones, and over-indulge in treats, drink and fine food. We can watch movies and TV series, listen to the Queen’s speech and create lasting fond memories.
Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone, and the Christmas period is actually a time that many people come to dread and fear. There is something about Christmas and the winter months that appears to bring both the best and worst out in people. Some people thrive during this time of the year, whilst others descend into a mire of violence and abuse and simply cannot cope. Increased stress and financial pressures, excess intake of alcohol, disastrous Christmas parties, family problems and being forced to spend time with those who may be close but not necessarily safe, can all translate into an increase of domestic abuse.
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