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.