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There's been great discussion as to whether there is a correlation between intimate partner violence (IPV) crimes (ex. domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault) and the holiday season. In truth, these types of crimes don't increase or decrease during the holidays. In fact, according to a 2016 Huffington Post online article, Monica McLaughlin, deputy director of public policy at the National Network to End Domestic Violence pointed to a 2010 report released by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), which was not able “to find any reliable, national study linking the holidays with an increase in domestic violence.”The article further highlights a more concerning trend of fewer reports due to factors such as societal pressures as stated by an administrator at Safe Horizon, New York City’s largest domestic violence shelter provider. This trend extends into the Historic Triangle region too. In a December 2017 WYDaily article, Avalon Center Director of Outreach Services Juanita Graham stated that “Some people increase their substance use, and people are spending more time together.”Director Graham further noted that "domestic violence is about “power and control” and can happen at any time, but particular stressors during the holidays increase the risk. Graham said Avalon has also “anecdotally” found that some survivors do not come forward or seek help during the holidays. They want to preserve the holiday traditions and enjoy the holiday together."IPV victims require support 365 days of the year. How can you help?Welcome to our Holiday Toolbox! NRCDV has released information as part of their Domestic Violence and the Holidays Series in preparation for the time period beginning the week of Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day (“the holidays”).The resources included in this Toolbox highlight trauma-informed strategies to support programs in promoting healing, wellness and safety during the holiday season, while taking into consideration the diverse needs of survivors and the advocates that serve them. Each TA Guidance document provides best practice information and resources related to: positive visioning, promoting wellness and managing stress, cultural sensitivity, responding to the food-related needs of survivors in shelter, considerations for working with survivors from specific populations, and understanding the available research.For more information on the Holiday Toolbox, please visit the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) link provided in this article. For local resources and support, please review the JCC AVAW webpages for more information. If in danger, please call 911 for immediate assistance.