I was walking back home with the kids via the quiet streets about an hour ago when I heard a woman screaming & kids crying on 1 of the big boulevards here. It looked like she'd been hit by a passing car (reeling all over the place), her 3 kids were all over the place at the edge of a 3 lane road so I took the sprogs & went over to help, called police & "pompiers" (firemen - who do emergency ambulance stuff here), etc. It turns out this woman & the kids had been put in the car by "hubby", dumped by the side of the road & he'd punched her twice in the head before driving off... not 1st time he'd hit her either. I can't get this out of my head, I keep "seeing" her dead with those young kids just standing there crying because I didn't do more to help; but when I called the Social Services, domestic violence association & the like, all said "it's not your problem, she'll be looked after"...yeah, right. So 2 questions: 1. What does the law in the UK do to someone who beats the cr*p out of their spouse/partner in front of their 3 kids (aged here at about 4yrs, 2yrs, & 3mths)? 2. What would TRUE justice be?