The holidays are stressful for everyone, especially victims and survivors of domestic violence. At WomenRising, we hope to help everyone suffering through a domestic violence situation have a safe and happy holiday. Please check out the tips below to ensure that your holiday season is the best it can possibly be.

Tips for victims and survivors getting through the holiday season:

  • First and foremost, always remember, you are not alone and help is available - call 201-333-5700 for assistance 24/7.

  • The holidays are stressful for everyone, dealing with abuse can double the normal amount of stress. If you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and practice self-care.

  • Keep in mind, children who live in the home with you and your abusive partner may alter the dynamics of the situation whether they are aware of the abuse or not. If you need assistance with a safety plan for children check out this helpful list from The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

  • Children perceive the holidays as a joyful time of the year and may feel sad if their parents are not together this holiday.

  • As the victim of abuse, you must remember this is not your fault. If you left your abuser and are seeking help, you are doing the right thing.

  • You may feel isolated in your relationship, reaching out to family and friends can be an important step in helping you to heal.

  • You can create a code word to let someone know you are in need of help without tipping off your partner. 

  • If you ever feel like your life is in danger, please do not hesitate to call 911. Your survival is of the utmost importance.

  • Despite the situation you are in, the holidays are a time for everyone to enjoy - we hope you find time to celebrate without the burden of abuse lingering near.