Was mugged when I was younger, lost a tooth. Kicked in the face. Yup, I was on the ground. Assaulted on two occasions with a knife (talked my way out of both, in one case the perp had a knife to my throat). That was many years ago.
Once with a gun. Nice chrome Smith and Wesson with a four inch barrel (at my home). Turns out I knew the guy, convinced him he did not want to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing me. He was actually after my neighbor over a woman. The neighbor was a lowlife but still, I couldn't just bow out. That is yet very clear in my mind.
Stepped in the middle of an attempted murder in AZ. Saved the guys life. Happened in a small town outside of Phoenix.
Both the wife and I intervened in that deal. Probably the most scared either of us have ever been. I can tell you from personal experience, that bail should not be allowed in attempted murder cases and restraining orders ain't shyte.
The guy they were assaulting was beaten with softball sized rocks and tossed down a 40 foot ravine. His head split open and him, covered with blood.
The only reason he is alive today is because two folks from Wisconsin were too dumb to mind their own business. Other people did ignore the ruckus, even closed their drapes.
I'd do it again in a heart beat. No second thoughts. My wife too. Regardless of personal cost. The real cost, the personal knowledge that we just stood by, that we let evil have it's way out of fear or cowardice just doesn't set well with us. Tastes like vinegar.
Just not our way. Anyhow, beat your wife, child or an animal, I see or hear it, I am all over you like stink on. . . well you get it.
I am here to tell you that one person can make a difference. I have intervened on behalf of the weak and disadvantaged more times than I can count and always will.
Somebody has to stand up.