As 2012 comes to an end, most of us look forward to the New Year with hope and great expectations, but not everyone. Unfortunately, during a time of celebration starting with Thanksgiving through New Years, something bad is going on behind closed doors. Domestic violence is happening, but going under reported, as many women want to hold the family together during the holidays.
Domestic violence hurts physically and mentally, from a spouse to the children, all the way down to pets. It can be difficult to find help when paralyzed with fear, wondering when the next outburst will happen. While nationwide domestic violence has increased with a host of different causes, solutions are taken to make the family safe.
Where can one turn if they need to make a change and find safety now that Comlinks is gone? Luckily, help is available through STOP Domestic Violence/Behavioral Health Services North. They cover Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. With the nearest offices in Malone and Tupper Lake, they will also come and meet people in a public location of their choice for those who can't travel. It is comforting to know that help is just a phone call away.
If you suspect a family member, neighbor or co-worker is being abused, please encourage them to call the 24-hour hotline at 1-888-563-6904. You might make 2013 the best year of their lives.