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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-30-06 10:49 PM
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19. Do you happen to know anything about domestic violence laws
in your area? Here in Seattle, when there is a DV call, ONE of the parties is going to get taken away, at least temporarily. This came about because of the large number of people who call (and I'm not talking about neighbors calling, but about the victim calling), and then refusing to press charges. DV calls are some of the absolute worst calls cops get, and finally, the lawmakers decided to do something, to at least get one of the parties (the one who was perpetrating the violence, of course) out of the house). Plus, since they have children, even if they are not being beaten themselves, they are witness to at least the sounds of the abuse, if not the sight of it. The kids could benefit from a call too.

I'm not absolutely sure about this one, but I don't know that you have to give your name in reporting suspected DV.

If you don't know what the laws are, you might be able to find out online through the government's access site. I absolutely undertand your concern for your own safety, and I would never suggest you knowingly put yourself in harms' way. I hope you figure something out, for your neighbor's sake, without endangering yourself.
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