This sounds like the woman is stuck in what is known as, "Battered Women's Syndrome." I had a friend like this and I gave her resources, IE: The Domestic Violence Center closest to her, we also researched the laws in her State. With the knowledge she felt she had power! She did go to a counselor and visited the D.V. Center. They gave her many ideas on how to keep herself safe, and offered a safe place to stay, legal assistance, and career opportunities. All of this happened about one year ago. She lives alone with her toddler daughter, has a good job, and has sought legal assistance. In her words, "I have peace now."