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Hi to you Worried, welcome to the forum and thanks for posting.
It certainly sounds as if your friend is in trouble and besides the abuse you mention there could be other factors such as recreational drugs - but that's pure speculation. Your concern is sincere and I suggest that, as Nikkits suggests, you do consider calling in a few troops. The network of friends you refer to would be the best place to start - share your concerns with a few select people you trust and then arrange to meet with your friend as a group, where you confront her collectively. Not with anger or rejection but with facts and your individual and collective concerns for her, and most importantly offering her support and a comfortable way out of her current circumstances if she needs that. You are not responsible for how she reacts to this - you'll be acting out of sincere concern for her. Other than that there's nothing you can do.
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