In answer to @Laks09 question, what happens when you call the cops in a DV or abuse case Where To Report Domestic Violence. @SuiDhaaga has given all the steps reproduced here from the above link Ok here is what happened in my case (and in many cases) 1. Call the police 2. Police ask for you and your husband's ID 3. Police keep you PHYSICALLY SEPARATE from husband. Husband will be forced to leave premises. 4. Husband will lie, make scene, etc. Cops are trained for this nonsense. They will also see this is a Desi household. Cops told me get married to USA person because in India, they even say rape is ok. Seriously, that is what the cop told me. 5. Cop will tell you how to file a restraining order. 6. Then the next day you go to Family Court and show this restraining order Believe me, Family Court is so much nicer to women and children, especially immigrant women. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be given to you. <...> Of course your husband will have attorney too, and he will make <...> accusations.