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Family violence and the holidays

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The holidays. What does that phrase bring to mind? For me, it would be sweet family memories, decorating, special recipes and Christmas Eve services at church. It would be the smell of pine, the warmth of a crackling fire and the Christmas songs we grew up singing.
But for a family struggling with domestic violence, the holidays often have a completely different meaning. The disturbing reality is that instead of sugar cookies and candy canes, children of a violent home will more often remember anger and depression. Instead of sweet family moments, they will remember tension and isolation. Instead of holiday music, they will remember shouting and swearing.

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