The victim will then go to court and explain their decision to the judge.
The court can dismiss the complaint if satisfied that it is being withdrawn without fear or threats from the abuser.
At the final hearing the Judge/domestic violence hearing officer will hear testimony from both the victim and the abuser.
At this time, it will be decided whether an act of domestic violence occurred and what relief should be granted to the victim.
Even without independent witnesses and no physical injuries, police may decide to arrest the abuser.