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If her husband is being abusive she can either report him to the police or seek the protection of a domestic abuse agency.
"Under Virginia’s laws, it is a crime to injure, attempt to injure, or threaten a member of your family or household. It is also a crime to violate a restraining order.
In Virginia, a person commits family abuse (also called domestic violence) by committing any act against a family or household member that involves violence, force, or threats, and results in physical injury or places the family or household member in fear or injury or harm. Both stalking and sexual assault can constitute family abuse.
Family and household members include spouses, former spouses, parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws who live in the same house, people who have children together, and people who live together or have lived together in the past year.
(Va. Code Ann. § 16.1-228.)" http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/criminal-defense/domestic-violence/virginia-domestic-violence-laws-charges-penalt
This is a link for the Virginia Department of Social Services https://www.dss.virginia.gov/community/dv/
Where in Virginia is she located so I can provide you with a link for services in her area.