If you and your children are being abused, call the police.
The police will come if you call them.
Ask to speak to the police alone. Tell the police if the abuser has a criminal history and/or if you have an order of protection.
Ask the police to investigate the scene for evidence, like damaged property.
Ask the police to talk to any witnesses.
Ask the police to take pictures of any bruises or marks and of the scene.
The police also will fill out an incident report. This includes a statement from you. Make sure to read your statement before signing it. If you are not comfortable with the written statement, calmly discuss any changes you believe necessary.
Sometimes the police have to arrest your abuser. Other times you can ask them to arrest your abuser. You can also go to the police station and make a complaint yourself.