Trigger warning - domestic violence
I was on the train one weekday afternoon last year. It was one of those country trains where you walk in the outside doors into a little alcove and have to push open an internal door to get to the seating section.
I was on the phone, sitting down, when I realised it was a quiet carriage so I went to stand in the alcove. After the door closed behind me I realised I was alone in the alcove with a young couple. The girl was crouched down in the corner sobbing with the man standing right over her aggressively yelling and gesticulating at her. He looked like someone who was very familiar with 'substances' and very probably high at that moment. Basically, he looked like a violent man.
I knew I needed to do something but I realised there was a reasonable chance of him beating me up if I intervened. I'm about 172cm and slim from watching my food rather than actually being fit and healthy and strong. I was also about 7 weeks pregnant.
I didn't intervene, but I told the guard, who proceeded to do nothing. They got off the train at the next stop when I did and I saw them alone at the end of the platform still arguing.
I know we're supposed to intervene when this stuff happens but I have no idea how. I'm certain I didn't do enough, but what should I have done?