Does domestic violence increase during the holidays?
The holidays are a stressful time for many people. The five-plus week period between Thanksgiving and New Years’ is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for many families – especially those in which domestic violence or abuse has been alleged — this isn’t the case.
So you may be wondering: Is there an increase in domestic violence over the holidays? The answer may surprise you.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, there is actually a decrease in domestic violence calls on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, there is typically increase in domestic violence-related calls on New Year’s Day and the days following the holidays.
When the police are called to respond to alleged domestic violence, they almost always make an arrest. While certainly many allegations of domestic violence are true – and while certainly there are many victims that experience horrible things – there are also many cases in which domestic violence allegations are false. This could be a factor during the holidays, when stress is high and people are looking ahead to a new year.
When you have been falsely accused of domestic violence – or if the allegations against you are exaggerated – you need to take prompt and aggressive legal action.
Legal help for individuals accused of domestic violence
If you have been accused of spousal abuse, child abuse or domestic violence, you may have solid defense options. It is important to get an experienced criminal defense law firm on your side to help you figure them out, no matter what time of the year it is.
A free consultation is available to you at our office in Colorado Springs. We can review your case and explain in detail how we can help.