Domestic violence tends to increase during holiday season

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Although the holiday season is a time for family, many struggle with the pressure.

This time of year is also one when domestic abuse is more prevalent. Recently, that's reflected in the number of domestic violence cases in the Florence area.

Arrest records show six domestic violence, abuse and assault arrests over the last two days in the area. From strangulation/suffocation to aggravated family child abuse - it's a trend.

Sgt. Cliff Billingsley with Florence Police said, "the holiday season is a time for families to put down petty differences and grow in a positive manner."

And it's a time many chose to get out of abusive relationships.

Billingsley said the cases were pretty steady over the last three months, about 40 on average. This month however, he said numbers show they've already hit 40 cases and there's still about a week left to go.

If you're a victim, there is a place to go for help. One Place of the Shoals opened its doors to victims in October.

It's a place to find counseling,  file arrest reports and find any other resources you may need.

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