she is trapped in an abusive marriage. counseling sessions will help her show way, but will not help if her husband is not ready for it. but i feel that she should pursue studies further, may be distance learning. it will keep her occupied and busy and if this relationship doesnot work, she can work (job) and stand independently putting an end to her parent’s fear about her future if divorced. she has to work on it for her own and her kid, only a happy mom can bring up a happy kid.