Although the holidays can be a stressful time for everyone, abuse survivors often face additional challenges this time of year. Approximately 90 percent of victims are abused by someone close to them. This means that instead of enjoying festive holiday get togethers, survivors may experience various triggers, or reminders, of their abuse. These triggers might include interacting with their offender, coping with a divided family or simply feeling alienated from loved ones. These experiences may cause increased anxiety, depression, fear, shame, or guilt as they face reminders of their abuse. Consequently, it is important to support survivors in our community.
We can accomplish this through providing support, extending an invitation to a safe holiday event or by helping the survivor and his or her family create new holiday traditions. Additional support services and information are also available for victims and their loved ones at the Support, Advocacy, and Resource Center by calling 509-374-5391.