Our expert says:
Purple's answer sounds just right.
SO he is an abusive bully ; that's very sad. and especially as she was and is vulnerable, she may have difficulty seeing that she is not to blame for his bad behaviour, and in planning a safe way out of a toxic relationship. But one can't do this for her. Prayinmg is totally useless in such a situation, and indeed counterproductive, if it encourages her to sit and accept abuse and hope for a miracle which will not come.
Many abusive and otherwise unhappy relationships look peachy from the outside, which is why one should be cautious about drawing conclusions from the outside.
Maybe she should, if its accessable, consult a group like POWA shich supposedly exists to help abused women ( though unfortunately I have heard some mixed reviews of their services ) ; and maybe consult a lawyer to clarify her rights and prospects.
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