Last night we were watching some late-night TV when we heard a woman scream in the distance.

We looked out our window to see if we could see where it was coming from, but didn't see anything. Then a couple minutes later a woman is frantically beating on our door for help. It scared the shit out of me. I immediately ran to the phone and called 911. We didn't open the door right then because who knows what was going on outside our door. My husband let her know through the window that we called for help. After a couple minutes, we opened the door and gave the woman a towel with some ice for her puffy lip and waited with her. She said she was walking down the street and her boyfriend followed her and kicked her in the face. He actually followed her up to our door as she ran looking for help, but luckily ran off. (Thank goodness we didn't open the door immediately.) He was already on probation for beating her up. Gee. Some "boyfriend".

mark, Aug 30 2005 1:59PM

this is awful. sounds like you handled the situation with a level head. kudos to you.

i have neighbors who yell at each other a lot. it's all verbal, however. makes me uncomfortable, though.

and when i lived in atlanta i lived next to professioanl football player and his stripper girlfriend. i was awoken by a shouting match & scuffle one night that culminated with a smashing sound and an "aw shit." after a call to 911 it was discovered that she had cracked a wine bottle on his head. they were evicted shortly after.

Ann, Aug 30 2005 5:42PM

I felt strange going back to what I was doing after the police got there. There I was just knitting and watching Jay Leno while some poor woman was getting beaten just yards away from me. I've never been confronted by anyone in that situation before. But...I did what I could do for her at the time without getting myself into danger.

sandie, Aug 30 2005 6:49PM

I've always wondered what I'd do if I saw or heard something tragic happen. I don't think i would have thought of NOT opening the door. Thanks for sharing the story.