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Domestic violence during the holidays, signs to look out for

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 19:58:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Keeping spirits merry and bright, despite circumstances. Kristi Steel with the nonprofit YWCA tells us the holidays can reveal a lot, especially for those in abusive relationships.

From family gatherings to financial burdens and drinking alcohol, many situations during the holidays can trigger a stressful reaction. Steel says signs to look out for include negative dialogue, isolating behavior and controlled dynamics.

"...like making phone calls when no one is around or sneaking it in because there’s some sort of fear with that," Steel explained, "if there are negative things said in front of you like you can never do anything right."

Steel says the best way to handle the situation is by taking that person to the side, in private.

"Let your friend or family member know you are there for them, but be discreet," said Steel, "let them know you are checking in on them and you are there for them."

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, reach out to the YWCA 24-Hour Crisis & Support Helpline at 1-800-334-4628.