Local law enforcement agencies are cautioning the public about the potential rise in domestic violence during the holidays.
Officers said it's very important to be aware of the warning signs. Stress is one of the reasons domestic violence increases during the holiday season.
Lt. Susan See of the Houston County Sheriff's Department said that's when financial troubles and excessive drinking can lead to violent episodes.
The abuse can be physical, verbal or mental and family members are usually the first to notice.
Officials said it's best to seek help from a support group before police officers are called to intervene.
If you'd like to help someone involved in domestic violence, here are some numbers to call:
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Source: www.ndvh.org (National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Site) contributed to this report
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