Around 2 months ago, I moved into a new apartment that is the top floor of a duplex. I've lived in apartment buildings before, but this is my first experience sharing a building with just one other unit. The ground level is occupied by a couple of 30-somethings - I'll call them Frank and Nancy - and their cats.
I don't intentionally eavesdrop, but the building isn't soundproofed and I hear things: their cats scampering around at night, their TV during particularly loud scenes, loud laughter and conversation if they have friends over. None of that is obnoxious, and none of it bothers me. But sometimes I hear Frank shouting at Nancy in what is clearly an angry tone of voice. Today, in a moment when I happened to not be making much noise myself, I heard what sounded like Frank angrily berating Nancy for something, followed by a loud impact, as if he'd slammed his hand down on a table or something similar.
I have good hearing and I know the difference between anger and abuse.
I've met both of them; they're both friendly in person. Nancy and I exchanged cell phone numbers because for several weeks the three of us had to coordinate parking in the driveway so no one would be parked in when they needed to leave. I don't have any contact information for Frank.
I am concerned for Nancy's safety, of course - but also for mine. If Frank is indeed violent, I'm not thrilled to be living in the same building as him. I was abused by a college boyfriend, and what I heard today reminded me vividly of that. I don't want to run into Frank. I don't really think I'm in danger from him, but I don't want to encounter him all the same.
I don't know what, if anything, I should do. I'm not going to call the police because 1) I have nothing but my suspicions, and 2) I don't want to endanger Nancy. Obviously I'm not going to talk to Frank, for the same reasons. I could contact Nancy when I know she's at work (and thus away from Frank) and voice my concerns, but I don't know what that would accomplish other than potentially getting myself involved in a dangerous situation.
I don't want to move out. For one thing, it's entirely possible that I'm wrong about what I'm overhearing. For another, I signed a 2-year lease, and I have no idea how the landlord would respond to "I think one of the other tenants might be violent and I want out."
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