Does anyone know anything about dometic (specifially spousal) abuse in the late Victorian/early Edwardian era? I have a chacter who is verbally, emotionally, and physically abusive to his wife, but presents a respectable face to society. He's very wealthy and respected in business. How far would be too far before people starting talking about his treatment of his wife?
I know that martial cruelty divorces were very hard to obtain back then (his wife isn't going to leave him, anyway, for various reasons) and there wasn't any legal recourse she could take, so my question is primarily about how far could the abuse go before there was disapproval from society.