Family Violence Doesn't Take a Holiday

by Emily Roberts | Dec 22, 2016


Melissa Sherrill

(214) 443-7710

Family Violence Doesn’t Take a Holiday:

Domestic Violence Resources Save Lives During Stressful Season

DALLAS – The holiday season is stressful for all of us, but particularly so for victims of domestic violence. The holidays can add one more layer of pressure to already volatile relationships. It’s important for victims to know that The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency, is here for them providing comprehensive resources and safety.

“Financial pressures, the increased consumption of alcohol, and holiday expectations can all raise stress levels and lead to incidents of domestic violence,” said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place. “Our Safe Campus is a peaceful refuge for survivors, and we work to make it a happy and joyful place for children, especially during the holidays.”

For most holiday chaos means battling long lines at the mall, but for victims of family violence, the battle can be life threatening. In Texas 158 women were killed by intimate partners in 2015, according to the Texas Council on Family Violence. Dallas County was second only to Harris County with 13 women killed by intimate partners in 2015. Family violence murders are on the rise in Tarrant County and Collin County with six and three fatalities, respectively. 37% of women killed in 2015 had taken steps to end their relationships.

The Family Place encourages those in abusive relationships to seek help and make a safety plan before leaving to protect themselves and their children. A safety plan is personal to each situation but typically contains contact information of a domestic violence agency or hotline, contact information of trusted friends and/or family, a packed bag of essentials, and important legal documents.

Because more time is spent at home around family during the holidays, the likeliness of an incident may increase. If you find yourself in a volatile domestic violence situation, remain nonaggressive with your abuser. Know who to reach out to or where to go in case you leave the location. Stay away from rooms in the house with objects that could be used as a weapon, such as the kitchen or bathroom.

“Anyone experiencing domestic abuse can reach out to The Family Place for help 24 hours a day through our hotline—(214) 941-1991,” Flink said. “We are here with shelter, counseling and support services that help victims escape, stay safe, and start new lives so that the violence doesn’t continue into the next generation.”

About The Family Place

The Family Place is one of the largest family violence service providers in the state of Texas providing services in Dallas and Collin counties. The agency works to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, and advocacy and assistance for victims and their families. Since 1978 The Family Place has counseled more than 225,000 clients, provided lifesaving shelter to more than 22,000 women, children and men, and answered more than 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has helped more than 20,000 batterers learn how to change their abusive behavior. Its Be Project provides bullying and teen dating violence prevention education to more than 6,000 students each year. In 2017 The Family Place will open the first family violence shelter for men and their children in the state. All programs are provided in Spanish and English.

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