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Whilst Christmas is a time for mistletoe and wine for many, some men and women actually fear the festive period. Why? Unfortunately, some walk on egg shells around the Christmas period when they are spending an increased amount of time with their partner especially, if their partner is consuming alcohol. Although it is a myth that all perpetrators of domestic violence are under the influence of alcohol at the time, it is a contributing factor in many cases. Alcohol can make people more aggressive and situations can escalate much quicker than if alcohol had not been consumed. If you are a victim of domestic violence at Christmas time, this could lead you to feeling alone and isolated. You may also feel that your behaviour is being closely monitored as you are spending more time with your partner and you are not at work and going about your day to day routine therefore, accessing help is much more difficult. It doesn't matter what time of year it is, you are never alone. There are many organisations that can help, as well as the Police. From a legal perspective, you have the option of obtaining a Non-Molestation Order from the Court which would prevent your partner coming within a certain distance of you or harming you. A breach of a Non-Molestation Order is a criminal offence. Legal Aid is available In relation to obtaining a Non-Molestation Order, despite the cuts to legal aid, it is still available for sufferers of domestic violence that wish to obtain a non-molestation order. This is still means tested and is dependant upon income but we are happy to discuss this and, if eligible, fund the matter in this way. Ramsdens can help We can offer advice if you have suffered domestic violence or fear that you may be subject to violence. We offer free 30 minute appointments from 7:30am until 7:00pm at any of our 12 offices across West Yorkshire. Call our Family Helpline free today on 08000 147720 to book an appointment.