I left my husband last fall after he beat me up pretty badly. I had several bruises, scrapes, scratches, and a broken bone in my foot (which I later had to have surgery to correct). I called the police, two officers came. When they got there, they spoke with each of us, I told them what happened, showed them the bruises and marks (that were already appearing less than 20 minutes after he was hitting me; in the morning, the bruises were almost all the way around my arms) The officers response was, "oh, ya ok," nonchalantly. Thats not the least of it. Initially I didn't want to press charges, because I could not afford to get a restraining order (you have to pay $300ish for them in Texas, and he had every dime of our money) and I was afraid of retaliation if I did. Now that I've moved and feel safer, I want to press battery charges against him. When I called the PD to ask for a copy of the report, the person in records told me there was not a report. There was an "informational report" but nothing that said anything more than that one officer was dispatched to this address at that time.... no details about the incident, no documentation of the injuries, NOTHING. And they even got the # of officers wrong. There was only one listed... and there were definitely two officers there.
1. How do they get away with this? Where are my tax dollars going? Sure as h e l l not to protect me!
2. What do I do now???? How do I go about pressing charges without a police report?
Any advice or help would be so appreciated! thanks!