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Domestic violence increases during holidays but reports decrease

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season has an ability to bring out the worst in some. Although it is the time of togetherness and spending quality time with family, it is also a time where disagreements are more likely to occur.

Some individuals in Georgia are able to work through these problems. Unfortunately, others are not so lucky. A simple disagreement could turn into a heated fight, and this altercation could soon turn physical, resulting in an individual facing a domestic violence charge.

Based on current statistics, there is actually a decrease in domestic violence reports during the holidays despite the rate of these events increasing. From Thanksgiving until New Years Day, local law enforcement across the nation tends to experience a decease in calls regarding domestic disputes. While any victim who feels that they are in danger will call, it is believed that this decrease is based on the need to maintain the appearance of family happiness this time of year.

According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, on an average day last year, the center received around 829 calls. However, on Thanksgiving there were only 480 calls, on Christmas there were 560 calls and on New Year’s Day there were 650 calls.

There are many reasons why incidents of domestic violence are not initially reported. It might be heavily related to the holidays and not trying to exacerbate the situation. However, law enforcement deals with the reluctance to report these events our of fear year round.

No matter what time of year it is, if you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to understand your situation and options. This means exploring your defense options and what you can do to lessen the harm caused between you and a loved one as well as reducing the criminal consequences you could face.

Source:, “Domestic violence may increase during the holidays, but reports decrease,” Amanda Cuda and Tara O’Neill, Dec. 18, 2017

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