Q: The police were called to an apartment in one of our rental properties. They were responding to a situation of domestic violence, which by all accounts was loud and nasty. But they made no arrests, and we're sure it's going to happen again. Aren't the police obliged to take action? --Peter F. A: It's difficult to know why the police acted as they did without learning more about the situation. For example, despite the noise and commotion, there may not have been actual physical violence. But that's not to say that domestic violence requires physical contact -- credible threats can also constitute family abuse. When police respond to these situations, they are often placed in very difficult situations. Sometimes the victim is too afraid to honestly describe the problem; sometimes, the victim will deny the whole episode in hopes of sparing the family (and the family's breadwinner) entanglement in court. Because of these difficulties, some states specifically address a law ...
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