What can one do about a friend in a controlled environment? I have a friend that's in a marriage almost totally controlled by her husband. It's now gotten to the point where she is not allowed to make phone calls unless he is present and listens. I'm sure that if I offer advice, she'd go right to him and say, "Zeeb says that....", and repeat everything I told her. I don't want to and can't afford to get that far involved, yet I foresee disastrous consequences ahead if something isn't done. There are guns in the house, and her husband has exhibited violent temper swings. Yet, when he wants to be, he's charming and totally innocuous. I talked to a retired police officer and he advises that I just stay as far away from this as I can, there's nothing I can do. What is it with some women that they voluntarily stay in such a relationship? Disaster is on the horizon, and it seems that nothing can be done.