For many people in the UK, Christmas offers an opportunity to take a break from the stresses of work life or chaperoning children to and from school. With a week or so out of work, people often enjoy a few drinks in the comfort of their own home or at the local bar with friends and family, and with increased frequency of drinking often comes increased allegations of physical, verbal or mental abuse.
It’s no secret that overexposure to alcohol can often lead to arguments, fights and other kinds of unpleasant behavior, and Christmas is certainly no exception. The number of alleged domestic violence cases often increases significantly over Christmas, regularly attributed to frequent heavy drinking, disputes over money and the stress of paying out so much to cover gifts for the family.
Research shows that December can be a particularly stressful time for people living together as abuse can intensify as families spend more time together over Christmas. Old disputes can be brought to the surface and as drinks continue to flow at these gatherings frustrations can often be directed towards partners.
Be Treated Fairly
During our years of professional legal experience, we have handled countless alleged domestic violence cases, and can see how often certain arguments, disputes and accusations can be exaggerated and get out of hand.
While there are certainly many cases of domestic violence that are inexcusable, there are just as many that can be easily misunderstood; for example, acts of self defence or restraint can be conveyed as violence or abuse if marks or bruises are left.
If you feel you are being unfairly accused of domestic violence and need the support and advice of a legal team with many years of experience in this area, call us today on 01244 344299 or simply use our online contact form.