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Thread #37057   Message #515596
Posted By: Mrrzy
26-Jul-01 - 11:49 PM
Thread Name: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
Subject: RE: Suspect Physical Abuse--What to do?
All of you butters-in, good for you. And I'm not sure that there is nothing to be done legally, many many states now have statutes that allow for charges to be pressed by the State, not the abused person, to protect the abused from their own fear of reporting the abuse. But the abuse has to be proven, like if the cops are called DURING a disturbance and find the one kicking the other they can arrest the one, even if the other then claims that they don't want to press charges. I don't think any cops would do it on your sayso, but if sitting her down and MAKING HER JUSTIFY HER DECISION TO STAY, after of courese sitting her down and MAKING HER ADMIT TO THE ABUSE or convince you that it isn't (maybe she's taking boxing lessons and doesn't want you to know), then I would go ahead and call social services. You can also report it to a medical person, I think they have to report it, like go to HER local ER and mess with her privacy if you can, alert them to watch for it if she comes in if you can't... if she hates you later, it's better than if you didn't try and he kills her, no?