top of page

Domestic violence advocates concerned holidays could contribute to a spike in calls for help

Necolle Winstead knows firsthand that holidays are not always festive and fun. She is a domestic violence survivor.

Winstead said for some the holidays are actually frightening and filled with fear. "In my case, my abuser was an alcoholic. And then around the holidays, it was more excessive, it was more drinking. And with that being said, there was more altercation," she said. After police were called Winsted's abuser was arrested and family members became angry. It's a far cry from cheerful.

"It's so hard, it's difficult because you think it's supposed to be such a joyous time, "said Winstead.

Reports detail domestic violence-related calls rise during the month of December. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline they are experiencing an unusually high call volume. Winstead attributes the cries out for help during the holidays to several things such as increased alcohol and substance abuse, spending more time alone with your partner, and just the stress of the holidays.

"Around the holidays, it gets harder, because they may feel like they have no one to talk to. And they feel isolated. Because this is supposed to be a happy time. And I'm not able to share what I'm really going through or share what my experiences and so they hold that, and they keep it in," she said. Those secrets can sometimes be detrimental to a victim's well-being.

This holiday season Winstead is encouraging everyone to look and listen to your loved ones because the cries for help could be more subtle than you think.

You can also find resources in your community by visiting the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence website.


Archived Posts

Search By Tags

Follow Us

  • Instagram
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square

Restoring Hope To Justice-Involved Women

Women offenders have special needs that often are not addressed during incarceration. As a result, transitioning from incarceration can be challenging and even impossible for many.


In 2021, there were roughly 228 women who returned to the Triangle area from state prison and in 2022, that number increased slightly to 232 (NC DPS - Office of Research & Planning, 2023). Also in 2022, there were more than 800 women serving their sentences on community probation throughout the Triangle area. Of both parolees and probationers, more than 80% were mothers of minor children and had the primary responsibility for their care prior to and following incarceration. Ex-incarcerated women are more likely than their male peers to experience higher levels of poverty, homelessness and abuse following a jail or prison term--making the post-prison transition much more difficult.

Research suggests that focusing on the differences between female and male conduits to criminality as well as applying gender-specific interventions, results in more positive outcomes. In the end, the application of specialized practices in criminal justice reform equals greater success for women ex-offenders when attempting to re-establish new pathways to society. It is also proven that the implementation of community-based, gender-responsive practices contributes to lower rates of female recidivism which in turn benefits justice-involved women, their families, the community and society as a whole.

bottom of page