For most people, Christmas represents a time of giving, sharing what you have, spending time with family and people you love, and taking a few days off (not to mention the birth of Christ.) However, I am reminded every Christmas that for some, it is not a joyful time. During the holidays there is also more pressure, conflict and financial stress. People who are being abused do not look forward to this time of year.
Domestic violence typically rises during the holiday season. This year especially, more people are out of work, times are lean and alcohol/drug use increases.
You ask “Well what can I do?” You can be more attentive. You can reach out to someone. Someone you don’t even know. Have you seen blue lights going through your neighborhood? Have you heard loud noises or yelling coming from some one’s house? Have you seen someone who is bruised, hurt or withdrawn?
These could well be signs of domestic abuse. The county where I live has had an increase of domestic violence by 12% from last year. For this quarter, it is up 67% compared to the same period last year. Do you know the statistics in your county? I urge you to check it out.
Please make a conscious decision to be more observant of the people around you. I can assure you that there is someone that lives very close to you, works with you or goes to church with you who needs help. Reach out!