"Abused" Wife Keeps Going Back

Dear Robin:

My sister, an abused wife, has once again gone back to her husband and everyone in the family is done.  We are sick and tired of this story being replayed every few months and don’t know how to help her.

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Name Dropper

Dear Robin:

I live in New York and have been in the same group of friends since graduating from college 25 years ago. We get together once a month in the city for lunch or dinner.

Cynthia, one of my favorite women in this group, remarried about a year ago after a very unhappy marriage and bitter custody battle that lasted almost 3 years. Her new husband is a successful investment banker and she has much more money than she used to.

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Protestations and Explanations

Dear Robin:

My husband Claude and I have been together a long time.  We have had some ups and downs but for many reasons the past couple years have been especially rough.  As bad as things were they got worse.

I began to hear some rumors that my husband was having an affair with a woman named Gertrude who is single (sort of; that’s another story) and who has a very bad reputation around our small city.  

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