Call the police if anyone's safety is at risk - your own, the woman who is being abused or her children.
The police are trained to utilize other resources if it is necessary. If you are unsure of whether or not to contact the police, and you are not in an emergency situation, contact the Assaulted Women's Helpline (1-866-863-0511) or a local shelter to discuss the situation.
The police should not be your first resource if the situation is not an emergency, but it is important to remember that if you are concerned about the safety of the abused woman, her children or your own safety, you should call the police. Do not hesitate to contact the police in a potentially life-threatening situation!
You have the right to feel safe and to be safe!