Experts say domestic violence peaks now

If you have witnessed domestic violence, call hotline at 841-0822

Published  8:44 PM HST Jan 01, 2013
HONOLULU -

Holidays are over and for some that means the joyful spirit is gone. Experts say domestic violence peaks at this time of year.

Holidays are usually a time of bliss, but with the bliss can also come the stress. And many people bottle it up.

"People are really trying to hold it together for the holidays, trying to create a joyful environment for their children," said Nanci Kreidman with the Domestic Violence Action Center.  

After the get-togethers wind down that is when the danger ramps up. Experts say there can be an explosion of domestic violence.

"The inability to control things which is a cause of violence really get exaggerated during the holidays. There's so many things you can't control," said Kreidman.

Recently, there's been an influx of domestic crimes. On Saturday in Waipahu, police say a boyfriend stabbed his girlfriend in the back and arm with a pair of scissors, then stabbed himself multiple times.

"What it is also is a reminder that household objects can be turned into weapons," said Kreidman.

And on the first day of the year in Waianae police say they believe a man shot his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend, Brian Demello.

"We do see a noticeable increase in January when children are back at school, when people are back at work, when the pretense the facade of the holiday fades away," said Kreidman.

Kreidman said it's lucky both victims have so far survived their injuries.

"Domestic violence is a potentially lethal crime we have experienced many fatalities here in Hawaii," reflected Kreidman.

She says it's important to notice patterns of your partner being jealous and possessive.

Experts encourage people who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence to call a hotline at 841-0822.

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