Stressors that arise during the holiday season tend to make domestic violence worse


They say the best thing you can do is let the victim know that you are there so that they are ready to help or listen.

YORK, PA – The holiday season can be a joyous but stressful time for many people.

“There are stressors related to expectations, there is a feeling that you maybe have more people in your house than usual and there is additional friction and things like that,” Heather said. Seton of the YWCA York.

For victims of domestic violence, these factors can be dangerous.

“When there are these stressors in the mountains, which unfortunately often occur during vacations and there is also this existing dynamic of power and control, that’s when things can really get out of hand. “said Seton.

Experts say if you suspect someone you love may be a victim of domestic violence, experts suggest that family and friends watch for some of these signs during the holiday season.

“You would look for signs of control. control what they say, control what they wear, control where they go. signs of anger that appear to be out of place, ”said Christine Gilfillan, of the Domestic Violence Services Program at Lancaster County CAP.

They say the best thing you can do is let the victim know that you are there so that they are ready to help or listen.

“What you don’t want to do is force them to do something they’re not ready to do. so that’s a fine line, I think in between, expressing concern and saying I’m here for you, and I’m here to help, and I know some resources, whenever you’re ready, ”Gilfillan said. .

The Lancaster County Community Action Partnership says it serves approximately 1,800 people in Lancaster County each year.

“But we probably know that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Gilfillan said.

Here is the link to some resources:

Victim Services – YWCA York

Domestic Violence Shelter in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (caplanc.org)



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