Avoiding Family Conflicts this Holiday Season Can Save You from a Domestic Violence Charge
Most families can’t wait to get together and enjoy each other’s company over the holidays, but for many Nevadans the holidays mean added anxiety and stress. With the holidays come extra shopping, extra cooking, and extra bills. These factors can cause stress in a normal year, but compound them with what has happened in 2020 and it may have many people feeling helpless, defeated, and even aggressive.
2020 has brought forth a disease that has wrecked the American economy with historic unemployment levels and killed more than 250,000 people already. The country has seen new levels of systemic racism and civil unrest like never before with protests that have continued on for weeks and even turned violent. The politics of America are also being tested in ways that Americans never thought possible. All of this has come together to create a very tense holiday season. If you and your family are going to be drinking at holiday gatherings, tempers could flare and the situation even could turn violent.
5 Tips for Avoiding Family Conflicts During the 2020 Holiday Season
Opinions are going to vary widely across all your family members as you sit down to the holiday dinner table. There’s no reason to make a difficult situation even worse by calling uncles, aunts, and extended family derogatory names or fighting with them just because of an off-handed political comment. It’s better to take a moment and remember why you decided to spend the holidays with everyone to begin with instead of going to jail for getting into a physical altercation.
1. Don’t raise your voice.
Whether you are right or not about a particular topic, you should never raise your voice. Raising your voice will only get the other family member to do the same. Tempers can quickly escalate if shouting is the only way you are communicating with someone.
2. Listen to the other side.
You don’t have to agree with what your family believes, feels, or even says, but if you want to keep the peace this holiday, you do have to listen to them. America was founded on freedom of speech. Let them speak, but if you feel like it is a topic you might become upset about you might want to avoid speaking.
3. Talk about your feelings before you get angry.
You know what your triggers are. You can feel your body begin to shake with rage if someone even mentions them. If this begins to happen, it is better to let the other party know that you are beginning to get upset about the conversation. You can ask to steer it in a new direction but be sure to verbalize your feelings before the situation escalates into a physical altercation.
4. Walk away from the conversation.
There may be times when your family members will not respect your opinion, ideas, or feelings. They may continue to talk about the same subject just because it makes you upset or because they are intoxicated. If you have voiced your objection to the conversation and they won’t stop, then you should just leave. You can leave the room, the house, or even get in your car and go home.
5. Limit your drinking.
Excessive drinking often leads to reduced inhibition and aggressive personalities. People feel more free to express themselves, regardless of the consequences. These kinds of situations usually end up with someone getting upset and, in some cases, physical violence can result. Violence should never be implored to end a conversation or conflict. Limiting your drinking is one of the best ways to avoid these situations.
Jesse Kalter is an Experienced Domestic Violence Lawyer Who is Ready When You Need Him
If tempers do flare at your family gathering and you are not able to avoid a conflict with someone in your family, you may now be facing domestic violence charges. Do not try to defend yourself in court. If you want the best possible outcome, you need the experience and knowledge of a skilled domestic battery lawyer. Jesse Kalter has won countless not-guilty verdicts and has had several hundreds of cases dismissed. He is available to serve Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Fallon, Fernley, Dayton, Yerington, Douglas County, and all other Northern NV rural counties.
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