I choose to remain anonymous about this and I would appreciate if those reading this respect that. Long story short, I've been dating this Laotian girl who is married. She and her husband have already mutually agreed that they need to separate. It was an arranged marriage that was not the wife's choice and due to the culture, the wife had no choice in the matter. Years later, she is very unhappy about the marriage. They have one child together. The husband is abusive and belittles/neglects the wife. The mother realizes this and gave her the consent to do what she wants and can get a divorce. Then I met her, we started dating and have became intimate and we've fallen in love with each other. Granted I realize this is not the ideal situation and is perhaps borderline an affair but both of them live together but stay separately. I only want her to live safe and not have to deal with this. But the husband lies and procrastinates to her that he will get a divorce but never does. The situation has gotten worse and she's still getting abused and wants to leave. What are her choices legally with everything? She is a legal citizen but is not strong enough to leave him. I want to help her. What are her legal rights? Can she file papers to her husband and get separated/divorced? What if she wants to leave her home? What options does she have? He says that if she leaves, he will call the police. Can he do that? Or can she report him and get a restraining order. She's also worried about being able to see her kid and doesn't want to lose the house. Thank you all who care enough to respond to this.