Petrina Jenkins, our amazing DV Advocate in Shreveport, recently sat down with Melissa Kakareka from KSLA News 12 to discuss domestic violence during the holidays. The interview is posted below.
For those experiencing or escaping domestic violence — this time of year isn’t full of Christmas cheer.
“Unfortunately, domestic violence doesn’t take a holiday. Domestic violence is continuous throughout the holidays,” says Petrina Jenkins of Project Celebration Inc.
Many survivors are tempted to stay with or go back to abusers during the holiday season. At Project Celebration Inc, the staff works to prevent that from happening. They’re are working to keep the women and children in shelters safe and comfortable this holiday season.
“We have conversations in our group sessions with survivors that things don’t change just because of a holiday. Reminding that individual of why they left," she continues.
As far the perception that domestic violence spikes during the holiday season, Jenkins says that’s a myth.
Domestic violence is continuous and happens year round. P.C.I. shelters remain close to full right now and all year.
However, they do tend to see a spike in calls in the beginning of January when people are making New Year’s Resolutions.
"If you are in a violent situation or you know someone in a violent situation at the holidays or otherwise, safety planning is always important. It’s always important to have a plan that’s well thought out, specific to your needs, and have an ally."
No matter what time of year, Jenkins says its important to be supportive of victims.
Project Celebration Inc. is accepting gifts and basic needs for the women and kids at the shelter so they have a good Christmas. The organization works hard to help the kids have some holiday cheer.
If you need help escaping domestic violence, call the 24 hour, free, confidential hotline at 318-226-5015.