Not every Christmas will be Merry
As most people plan for an exciting Christmas full of joy and laughter with their loved ones let’s not forget those that dread the festive season for many different reasons.
This year will bring its own complications for travel plans alone; depending on which Tier you or your family live in. The added worry of either choosing to see family further afield during the dates and restrictions allowed or having that decision made for you if flights and quarantined restrictions when travelling from one country to another. The lack of business or work, for some, many well have a huge impact on what Christmas means to their family; less presents, if any, less food or no heating. Some are even dealing with a loss of their home or the even death of family or close friends.
Not just at Christmas
Every year there are those that have other more physical and personal stresses to face, and we are aware that it’s not just at Christmas. This year with a pandemic emotions are running higher than normal. Mounting bills, lack of work or business, more alcohol consumed and a lack of support or contact with allies or friends create a Christmas full of fear, abuse or physical harm.
It is well documented that during the festive season domestic abuse numbers rise as families are forced to spend more time together. According to ManKind, in 2018/2019 2.5% of men and 4.8% of women were victims of partner abuse. With the added lockdown measures and further isolation from the outside world this year it’s making it harder to get help. The fear is that a combination of the two will have grave and dangerous consequences.
You are not alone
It is still the victim that must take action and make the first move. With social distancing and many counsellors not working in person, it is important to know that their are still people and organisations out there who are able to support and advice you virtually and on a phone call.
We have added helpful contacts and organisation with numbers and website links for you to look through on our Resources page. Please know that you are not alone, there are people ready to help you. If you see changes in your friends or they reach out to you, direct them to the organisations on our list for support or ask them to phone 101 for urgent attention.
New Campaigns and Contacts
The Police Service of Northern Ireland have just, 9th December 2020, launched its annual domestic abuse Christmas campaign with the message ‘Speak Out’. You can read more HERE
I do hope you never need to use these contacts however if you do, or you know someone that does, the organisations and contacts are HERE, along with many other charities and contacts.
Wishing you a safe and joyful festive season.