Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D.
When a marriage is experiencing struggle and difficulty, any pressure can serve as a match to fuel an argument. And so, the holiday season becomes for many, a time of year fraught with conflict and confrontation.
In fact, reports indicate that domestic violence reaches its peak New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, increasing as much as 30%. What is it about the holiday season that can set off a powder keg of emotions? What preventive measures can at risk couples take to stave off trouble? How can the Church help? And how can family and friends be of support?