The holiday season is meant to be filled with joy, but for many, it can be a time filled with stress, and a time that can lead to issues with alcoholism and domestic abuse.
According to the TBI, a total of 77,846 offenses were tagged as domestic related in 2017 in Tennessee, with females being three times more likely to be victimized than males, and according to many experts, the holidays are one of the most likely times for domestic violence.
The holidays bring extra stress in to many people's lives with money being an issue, and many times, the frustration is directed toward family members or toward a spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
While many people are afraid to ask for help, there are resources available for those suffering.
The Domestic Violence Section of the Metro Nashville Police Department is available over the phone for assistance and counseling from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday at 615-880-3000.
The YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee has numerous resources available at 615-242-1199.
Vanderbilt has numerous support groups listed on their website.
Alcoholics also struggle during the holiday season, as it can be a time that brings up memories that are hard to cope with.
The holidays are also filled with events, whether it be parties or gatherings, that generally have liquor involved.
If you or someone you know are struggling from alcoholism, you're encouraged to reach out for help. More information on help near you can be found on the local Alcoholics Anonymous website.