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Expert Offers Advice For Avoiding Domestic Abuse Around The Holidays

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local expert says there are a lot of myths surrounding domestic abuse and the holidays.

Stress levels go up for everyone during November and December with the holidays coming on. But a local expert says you might be surprised at just what will trigger a domestic violence situation.

Jeannine Listiski is executive director of Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia:

“On the more traditional holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas, domestic violence incidents actually decrease. But it’s holidays like New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, where there’s a lot of alcohol and maybe sports, coupled with the holiday, that we see a real increase.”

National experts say abusers often use holiday stress as an excuse and also pick this time to get a tighter grip, emotionally and physically on their victims. Try going to your local churches, shelters or the police if you need help.

For more information go to womenagainstabuse.org

Reported By Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio.

Read the story on KYW1060.com

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