We are quickly approaching the winter months – which leads us to the “most wonderful time of the year”….but is it? The holidays can be a rather stressful time for most. The high expectations, the added financial burdens, and this year – top it off with a dash of global pandemic.
The holiday season presents unique challenges for survivors. While the holiday season may play host to fun events, gatherings, and family time, survivors can find themselves in tough situations searching to find a balance between an ideal family celebration and possibly leaking a deep secret.
While the holidays can hold different obstacles for victims, it may be a time that friends and family have the opportunity to intervene. Possible warning signs may be subtle, like a change in a once outgoing personality or you may even observe first hand controlling actions of an abuser. If you do see something troubling, it is suggested to approach the victim when they have a moment alone and out of earshot of the possible abuser. Offer support – not judgement – even if they have returned to the abusive relationship. It’s important to remember leaving is a process and make take several tries. But each time – they are getting a little stronger. With your help – it may be just enough this time.
To read about managing holiday stress, check out: https://www.verywellmind.com/understanding-and-managing-holiday-stress-3145230
For more information about supporting a friend for loved one, check out: https://www.mnadv.org/get-help/how-to-help/
To learn about the possible warning signs of IPV, check out: https://ncadv.org/signs-of-abuse