Traditionally the holidays are a time when people tend to hang in there–with their job, their crazy families, even their abusive relationships. It’s supposed to be a happy time filled with pretty presents, plenty of food and good cheer. But for many people, the holidays aren’t a break, a reprieve or exemption. Christmas is just one more day that people need to eat, turn on the heat and water, or get in the car. In other words, holidays cost money.
Money, however, or lack thereof, is one of many reasons that someone might stay with an abusive partner. Financial dependency will be exacerbated during the holidays, when the stakes are driven up with added expectations of gifts. There often isn’t a lot that we can help with in this area. Clients of FVPC know that as a small non-profit we aren’t well endowed with limitless funds for gas, groceries or presents. But, we can give the gift of our time and a willing ear to listen. We can also offer resources for folks who might need resources that we don’t have access to. Even when we aren’t in the office, we are here. Our free, confidential hotline is available 24/7/365 at 919-929-7122.
Our office will close today at 5:00 and re-open Tuesday at 9:00 am so that staff may spend time with their families over this holiday. In lieu of stopping in, please call our 24-hour hotline at 919-929-7122. Peace & love to you and yours!