Domestic violence calls decrease over the holidays

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, December 29, 2017.

Illinois residents may be interested to learn that statistics suggest that those experiencing domestic violence are less likely to make reports. Law enforcement officials and local experts suggest that this may be due to potentially maintaining the appearance of family happiness. It should be noted, however, that this does not necessarily equal a decrease in the rate of domestic violence.

In 2016, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence reported that the hotline received an average of 829 calls every day. However, the number of actual calls dropped to 480 on Thanksgiving. On Christmas Day, there were 560 calls. On New Year’s Day, there were 650 calls. The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence also found that the number of calls dropped in December when compared to November and January.

There may be several reasons why the number of calls to domestic violence hotlines decreases every year around the holidays. Those experiencing domestic violence may simply try to keep appearances up while they visit with their families. Others may not yet be ready to leave as it can take up to 10 cycles of abuse before the person decides that it is time to help. Law enforcement authorities noted that they are available all day every day to help people leave situations involving domestic violence.

Starting the divorce process after leaving a situation involving domestic violence can be very difficult, especially if the former spouse is manipulative or threatening. If there are children involved, the former spouse may even attempt to use them as a way to control the other person. A family law attorney may work with clients to gather evidence showing that the former spouse was abusive during the marriage. The attorney may also be able to assist with seeking an order of protection for the person leaving an abusive situation.

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