steve2: Actually, in cases of domestic violence, it is not unusual for the victim to later approach the police and ask that the matter be dropped.
Yes, I can appreciate the huge problem - which is why crofty highlighted what they do in Scotland now. So cases ARE dealt with in a proper fashion.
Interesting though to consider some of the principles that crofty has previously linked to in another thread and how ? ( or even, if ? ) they might apply.