Domestic violence is a serious issues that should be reported immediately. If for example, an individual witnesses someone hitting women, whether the suspect and victim are in a relationship or not, the witness should immediately call the police.
Domestic violence may include an anonymous report or it may include a report using the witnesses name. In cases where the witness fears that they may be put in danger after making a report that they saw a suspect hitting women, they may ask the police to offer them some protection, including a temporary restraining order until the case is handled by officers and the courts.
Those that fear they may be put in danger, may also anonymously call a hot line for domestic violence. The hot line will then report the alleged abuse to the police who will then investigate the accusations.