Reporting Domestic Violence in Your Apartment Complex

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Reporting Domestic Violence in Your Apartment Complex

Staff Writer · Jun 18, 2010

It’s a duty as a fellow person and citizen to report any incidents of domestic violence to the police. There are also other places where you can report domestic violence and disturbances, and there are lots of ways that you can help someone in need. Here is what you can do if someone in your apartment complex is suffering with domestic violence problems.

Emergencies in Your Apartment Complex

If you overhear or see an incident of domestic violence that is going on before your eyes, you should call 911. You never know when things can get worse, and any amount of violence is not right. It’s never alright. You send the abuser a clear message by calling the police. Also, if you fear for your own safety, you may call anonymously and ask that your name be withheld. Stay out of sight for the night, and you will likely not be imagined as the reporter of the violence. On the other hand, if you want to be open and heard about your reporting, you may also ask for help and protection from the police, and they will do what they can to advise you about your optimal actions for your safety.

Taking Action after the Incident

Report any incidents from the past and that are not going on in the moment to your local police department. Only call 911 when immediate emergencies are occurring. You may be asked to give a statement, so be sure to keep a record of any incidents that you see, hear or otherwise observe. If the victim has confided in you, you may also be asked about those incidents.

Speaking to the Victim

If you know that domestic violence is occurring on a regular basis with a fellow tenant, try to speak to the victim when the perpetrator is not home. Knock and bring over a neighborly offering, such as cookies or some kind of small present. Make small talk, then bring up your concerns in a kind and compassionate manner. Before you go over, make sure to arm yourself with pamphlets and phone numbers and email addresses for women’s shelters and domestic violence hotlines in the area. Also, extend any help that you are able to offer, such as a place to stay or a way out or other types of help that you may have at your disposal.

Taking Action with Other Tenants

You may also report the disturbance to your landlord. Giving the abuser as much grief as possible may send a strong message to him that abuse isn’t tolerated. It may also incite him to negativity, but it’s important that your landlord is aware of the violence that is occurring. You may also ban together with your fellow tenants and sign a petition or all approach him, as in an intervention, depending on the level of commitment that your other tenants have of stopping the violence and disturbances.

Be Persistent

Getting oneself out of an abusive relationship takes time. If you give up on the abused woman just because she is not immediately inspired to take action, you are missing out on a chance to really help someone in need. Do not hesitate to call the police every time you see violence or disturbances. Do not hesitate to issue complaints to the landlord upon every time he disturbs the peace. Do not hesitate to knock and ask him to stop if he is otherwise loud, but you might want to being along an officer or a neighbor. Stand your ground; it must be stopped.

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