Though domestic violence is a year round problem, the holidays bring about a spike in domestic abuse. Whether the increase is due to holiday party alcohol and drug use, money pressure, or tense family get-togethers, the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is an especially dangerous time for victims of domestic violence.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it is important to have a safety plan in place and seek help. Robert Mues’s Ohio Family Law Blog recently posted excellent suggestions that should be included in a safety plan:

    • Keep an extra set of car keys hidden somewhere that your husband doesn’t know about. Abusers often trap their wives by preventing their leaving.

    • Entrust one friend with your story who will let you come to them in an emergency. This should preferably be a person your husband doesn’t know.

    • If you have a cell phone, keep it with you (and charged) whenever he is around.

    • If you can, sleep in separate rooms and keep the door locked.

    • Some abusers have patterns; if you suspect your husband will be violent, leave the house.

    • Keep extra clothes for your kids and yourself at a neighbor’s house or in the trunk of your car.

    • Always keep a full tank of gas.

    • If there are firearms, try to get them out of the house; or at the very least, keep the ammunition in a separate place.

    • Never argue with your husband when he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    • Keep some money in a place where your husband can’t find it.

    • Have a get-away plan in place.



In addition to contacting an attorney, the following are some of the resources available to victims of domestic violence in New Hampshire:

New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

            DV Hotline: 1-866-644-3574

            Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-277-5570

YWCA Crisis Service, Manchester, NH

            Crisis Line: 603-668-2299

Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support, Nashua, NH

            Crisis Line: 603-883-3044

Rape and Domestic Violence Crisis Center, Concord, NH

Domestic Violence: 1-866-644-3574
Sexual Assault: 1-800-277-5570