Domestic violence is one of the worst traumas a family can experience. For the person being violent, there is stress and anxiety along with actions that can’t be taken back. For victims, the reality is often that without help, they could end up badly or unable to extricate themselves from difficult situations.

Those living in fear of domestic violence may have to choose whether to turn in a loved one or continue being victimized. Abuse isn’t always clear-cut, and it can be difficult to know whether an incident is bad enough to report. Here are a few things you should know about domestic violence that could help you decide how to proceed.