I have heard of similar situations before and the most important thing is for her to get proper legal advice - if the situation is half as bad as you describe she needs to talk to an expert divorce lawyer - and I mean expert! You don't say if there are children or assets involved but they are all factors that would point to establishing her overall position clearly and objectively.... If protection is required it would also again best to take advice and again it would need a lawyer - especially as he is Cypriot and has all his family over in Cyprus. I do know of one very good lawyer who helped a friend of mine some years ago (both were Brits) and I was surprised at the outcome and settlements the courts awarded - more interestingly how things were managed I found surprising. Your legal rights are handled very differently to the UK.