CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A nonprofit in Charlotte says the holidays can be a difficult time for people living with abusers, and it anticipates an increase in calls for help.
What You Need To Know
- The holidays can be a difficult time for people living with abusers
- The Greater Charlotte Hope Line is available 24/7 to answer calls of domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors and parents who need support
- The number is 980-771-4673
Safe Alliance runs the Greater Charlotte Hope Line, answering calls from domestic violence survivors, sexual assault survivors and parents who need support.
"It can be very hard to hear some of the stories that we get, but it's also satisfying knowing that this resource here is available," said Kierra Hinton, a supervisor for the hotline.
Domestic violence organizations say because the holidays usually mean more financial stress, more time off work and more alcohol, it could be a triggering time.
"Around this time of the year, we do see an increase in calls," Hinton said. "The holidays can be very difficult, you have family around, a lot of time you're in the home with your partner, and a lot of the times things can get very tense around the holidays."
Hinton says having an action plan in place is necessary, and it's one of the things the Hope Line can help with.
"As far as, if something occurs, where can I go? Who can I reach out to? Having something set up, and an escape plan set up if necessary," Hinton said.
The Greater Charlotte Hope Line is available 24/7, which means weekends and holidays, to answer calls. Hinton says you do not have to wait.
The Hope Line number is 980-771-4673.