Support groups report festive spike in domestic abuse

Support groups say they have experienced a traditional spike in reports of domestic violence over the holiday period.

Support groups say they have experienced a traditional spike in reports of domestic violence over the holiday period.

Organisations working with victims say their helplines have been extremely busy over the past week.

They say a combination of stress and heightened emotions are among the causes for the increased volume of calls.

Women's Aid says Christmas is traditionally a flashpoint for relationships, with many families spending long periods of time together.

Amen also says it has received an increase in reports of physical and emotional abuse against men, as well as the recurring problem of access to children.

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