If someone threatens to beat someone up, the victim should contact the police. If the threat is acute, 911 should be alerted to send immediate help from law enforcement.
People feeling threatened can also file for a restraining order. There are two types, including a harassment restraining order and an order for protection. A harassment restraining order works to stop someone from bothering another person. The court orders this in a civil court. An order for protection works to stop an abuser from hurting his or her victim. This generally occurs in a family court, but if there are police reports, it may be a criminal matter.