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Holiday stress can trigger alcohol-related domestic violence

For many, the holidays are a time of gatherings and celebrations. And alcohol is often a part of the festivities. But while beer, wine, and other such beverages may enhance a party atmosphere or serve to help people relax, there is also a very dark side to drinking. The sad fact is, some people lose control and even become violent when they have had too much to drink. And these violent tendencies are far too often unleashed on a loved one.

If you are in a relationship with someone who becomes abusive when under the influence, you have likely heard the excuses, he or she offers when sober. They might tell you that it was not them, but the alcohol that caused a violent outburst. They may even tell you that they would never intentionally hurt you while you are nursing a black eye or other injury.

Alcohol and substance abuse is typically part of a vicious cycle. And often there are trigger events that can send an alcoholic or addict into an emotional tailspin manifesting itself in more substance abuse and in turn more domestic violence. There are any number of stresses that could cause problems, including finances, work pressures and other issues that can be exacerbated by the holidays.

As much as you may love your partner, you must also look out for your well-being and the health and safety of your children. So if you have come to the realization that it is time to extricate yourself and your children from the situation, it is important that you make the move in as safe a manner as possible.

There are a number of steps you can take, including contacting a domestic violence hotline that can provide you valuable information on how to find a safe haven. In addition, you can also get in touch with an experienced domestic violence attorney. Depending on your circumstances, an attorney could help you file a restraining order, file criminal charges or prepare for a divorce.

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