Sara Heidbreder LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA
The holiday season is here! For many of us, the holiday season may be a joyful time. However, for people who live in abusive and violent households, the holidays can be a nightmare.
When we talk about domestic violence, we may imagine bruises, black eyes, and other physical signs on survivors. Although these are definitely signs of abuse, much of the abuse people experience are invisible.
Emotional pressure, manipulation, and verbal abuse are quite common. Especially during the holidays. Some may control you by inhibiting family contact or refusing you access to finances for holiday spending. Additionally, with COVID-19, many survivors have no choice but to stay home this year. This can increase the chance of intense violence such as beatings and verbal threats.
To prepare for a safe holiday season, I would like to share tips that the Day One organization ( a Domestic Violence support organization) suggests!!
Creating A Safety Plan- If You’re Experiencing Abuse
Creating A Safety Plan- If You’re A Family Member or Friend
If you want to learn more about safety planning for domestic violence survivors, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season!
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