Many people are surprised at the consequences of a 911 call during a domestic dispute. Due to a history of such offences not being treated seriously most jurisdictions, including Montreal, now have special directives and mandatory procedures in place to deal with them. The first thing to bear in mind before calling the police to a home is that once any indication is given that a crime of violence, actual or threatened, has been committed the suspect will be arrested and removed from the residence regardless whether the caller changes their mind. Police are frequently faced with complainants who beg to withdraw their allegation and prevent the arrest of a family member but they are trained to let these requests fall on deaf ears. Subsequent steps in the judicial process can be quite cumbersome and the involvement of a criminal lawyer is usually required to reinstate domestic bliss.