DEAR ABBY: I am currently renting a room in the house of the mother of a friend of mine. The house is also shared with my friend's younger sister, who is in a relationship with another woman. Their relationship is pretty violent. The other night I was in my room, which is located next to the sister's room, and could hear her beating up on her girlfriend.
The mother is aware of the situation and has threatened to call the police if she doesn't stop, but she never does. I'm afraid if I say or do something, I'll be asked to leave since it isn't my house, even though I pay rent. What should I do? -- RENTER IN LAREDO, TEXAS
DEAR RENTER: If you have a written lease for the room you're renting, you cannot be evicted without cause. Talk to the mother and tell her that if she doesn't call the police when her daughter starts beating up on her girlfriend, you will. And if it happens again, follow through. If you do, the daughter may get the help she so obviously needs, and her victim will have a chance to get some help through domestic violence counseling.