RIO RANCHO, N.M. — During the season of peace, domestic violence doesn’t necessarily take a holiday.
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, the financial stress of holiday shopping, festive booze binging and the recharging of resentments at family gatherings can unleash pent-up emotions – turning yuletide traditions into yuletide tragedies.
“The cases of domestic violence are more brutal during the holidays,” said Roberta Radosevich, executive director at Haven House domestic violence agency in Rio Rancho. “We don’t see a dramatic increase; it just seems like they’re more terribly gut-wrenching.”
Even though the National Domestic Abuse Hotline reports the number of calls actually decreases between Thanksgiving and New Year, it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.