Christmas is a Time When We See a Spike in Domestic Violence

Christmas. For most people, the holiday period is a time of joy and celebration, particularly given the strain that 2020 has brought.

But for others, it’s a time when stress and fear is at an all-time high. Did you know, that public holidays such as Christmas and New Year as well as major sporting events have been linked to an increase in incidents of domestic violence?

Why is Christmas a Time of Year When We See a Spike in Domestic Violence?

Research suggests this spike at Christmas time in domestic violent incidents can be explained by a few factors.

These factors include increased contact between victim and perpetrator (time spent at home due to holiday periods, and more time spent at family events), increased alcohol consumption and higher levels of financial stress.

It's a reminder, too, that domestic or family violence is not limited to just physical abuse. In Queensland, the definition of domestic and family violence includes emotional and/or verbal abuse, stalking and harassment, damage to property, isolation from family or friends and financial control.

Concerned About Domestic Violence in Your Relationship?

Here at Pullos Lawyers, we approach our clients with empathy and understanding. We recognise that not all relationships are the same and there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, particularly in circumstances where domestic or family violence is an issue.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from domestic or family violence, please contact our lawyers for an obligation-free, confidential discussion. We can help you leave your relationship safely.

Christmas time is a period when lots of family issues come to the front. We can also assist with divorce, Same Sex Relationship Law & Transgender Law, child support and more. To speak to us, please get in touch via email, or call us in our Gold Coast office on (07) 5526 3646, or our Brisbane office on (07) 3144 1641.