A Letter from the Director
Here’s hoping the warmth of the holiday season is filling your hearts. All of us at Lakes Crisis & Resource Center are thankful for the part you have played in helping the many people in need who call us in crisis or walk through our doors daily.
During the holidays, police, medical professionals, crisis lines, and shelters see a rise in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults do not often make the news until they turn deadly; many are never even reported to the police. As a community member, friend or neighbor, it is important for us all to know what we can do about violence.
One factor that contributes to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assaults occurring more frequently, particularly during the holiday season, is the additional consumption of alcohol and drugs. Alcohol is a well-known trigger that contributes to domestic violence any time of the year in many households. Alcohol and drug use is in no way an excuse for the violence, but often complicates domestic situations.
The lack of sufficient financial resources, excessive spending around the holidays, and other financial pressures can also be a trigger for the occurrence of violence. Tension builds from guilt and frustration, and for those in violent situations, the additional stress can create more violent and out of control behaviors.
It can be difficult to acknowledge that you or someone you know is involved in an abusive relationship. Domestic Violence does not look the same in all relationships; however, there are some warning signs that may indicate that you or someone you know are in an unhealthy relationship. Here are some questions to consider:
- Does your partner insult you in public or in front of your children?
- Does your partner treat you like you are stupid or call you names?
- Does your partner try to control what you do?
- Does your partner blame you for his/her violence?
- Has your partner ever threatened to hurt you or himself/herself if the relationship ended?
If you answered “yes” to one or more questions, it may be helpful for you to speak to one of our advocates. Please call us at 218-847-7446 for assistance.
While the holidays can be a time of joy and celebration, for some the holidays can be a time of fear and sadness. Please remember LCRC is an important resource for families in crisis. If you know someone who may be experiencing violence, please call or connect them to LCRC.
Joy and Peace to you all,