Just as the title of this post says my friend who I just met not too long ago is going through this with her current soon to be ex boyfriend. Unfortunately she is "too scared" to cause him drama so she wont speak up about her abuse....as a friend I always pick up her calls and reply to texts but idk what to say now that she's at the end of the rope.
Exactly what has happened to her is this: She is an immigrant from Guatemala and when she started working here in the US fell head over heals over this "lovely man" at work, moved in with him, had money saved up for her own home $15-$17 thousand dollars but had him put it in HIS bank account for her and not keep it at home for security. He's bought 3 different cars cash while she had no idea what was going on til the last one was purchased. She gave up on the $$$ in the meantime thought he'd change. She has 2 sons under age not citizens either who have been victims of physical and emotional abuse by him as so has she. Now he has confessed that since this past November 2012 he's been hanging out with a new woman, younger & with no kids of her own but it has gotten to the point where they "hang out" for 5-6 hrs at a time even days and he returns home with lots of hickies..his personality has totally changed so she had been suspicious about a month into it but was in terrible denial.
My questions are:
can she do anything about gaining her money back?
do you think she should report this all to the police?
what other actions should she take?