If you ask most guys what they would do if they witnessed a man abusing his partner either verbally or physically, they would likely tell you they would intervene. In order to test this theory, a US TV show decided to set up a scenario in a diner in which a couple start to row, with the man threatening physical abuse on his partner.
When the abuser is a big tough looking guy, the thought of stepping in can very quickly lose its appeal. As you will see, the first couple of guys decide not to intervene and instead just step back and let it carry on. When questioned as to why they didn’t do anything, they quite openly admit that they didn’t get involved because the abuser may attack them too.
The next couple of guys do however step in which has restored my faith in humanity.