The Link Between Domestic Violence and New Year’s
According to studies conducted between 2005 and 2010, there may be a correlation between a rise in domestic violence rates and the holiday season. Research indicates that domestic violence reports increase around New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day specifically.
According to data compiled by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, or NRCDV, New Year’s Day averages as many as 2.7 times more domestic violence reports than a normal period. Other findings indicate that between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, reports rise by 30%. This spike arrives after the period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, which usually sees a drop in the average of domestic violence calls.
Further research indicates that the days and weeks following New Year’s is particularly fraught, with domestic violence reports rising during this period as well. While the NRDCV is still compiling data on this subject, it is important for couples to be aware of the potential risks during the holiday season, should one person in the relationship need to consult a criminal defense attorney.
Why New Year’s?
Emotions often run high in general around the holidays, potentially leading to what would normally be small arguments turning into huge blow-ups. Increased time with extended family can exacerbate tensions, leading to hurt feelings, and even fights. With New Year’s in particular, it is also important to be cognizant of drinking, as alcohol consumption is often a major factor in domestic violence incidents. In general, one should try to avoid conflict whenever possible around the holidays and on New Year’s.
Consider that in the state of Texas, domestic violence accusations can lead to anything from misdemeanor to felony charges. Penalties for domestic violence may include a year in jail and a small fine on the less severe end of the spectrum, and between 5-99 years and a $10,000 fine in more extreme cases. If you have been charged with domestic violence in the past, you are also more likely to receive a harsher sentence in the future.
Avoid getting into potentially explosive conflicts this New Year’s holiday, and if you are charged with domestic violence, make sure to hire an attorney with a proven history of results.
Call Alband, Lane & Balderama
At Alband, Lane & Balderama, we are committed to representing clients accused of domestic violence. We understand that there are two sides to every story, and we want to tell yours. Don’t let a domestic violence accusation ruin your life. With the aid of our skilled Fort Worth defense lawyer, you may be able to avoid a domestic violence conviction and recover your reputation.
Possible defenses for domestic violence include:
- The act was unintentional
- No offense actually happened
- Client had no knowledge of what they were doing
Our team has tried more than 100 cases to jury and handled various criminal charges in multiple areas. From juvenile criminal investigation to federal criminal defense, we provide insightful counsel and dedicated representation tailored specifically to you. At Alband, Lane & Balderama, we believe everyone deserves a fair shot in our judicial system, regardless of the circumstances.
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