Sometimes when the law doesn't go far enough no matter what you do, there are other options. Back in the 1980's my sister was pregnant with her son, and in a very abusive marriage. She was bedridden much of her pregnancy and her husband would bring women into their apartment. She was afraid of the consequenses if she went to the police. My mom secured her an apartment closer to her job. My two brothers and I then moved her and her things while her husband was at work. We waited until he came home and paid him a friendly visit convincing him to move on with his life and not to try to find my sister. No violence, just letting him know my sister had backup. Celia, I know your situation is quite different, and I have no idea if you even have brothers, but they can sometimes come in handy.
Peter - I do have a big brother - 5 years older, lives 4.5 hrs away. See, it seems like it was part of the reason my ex moved us up here away from everyone before he froze all the accounts and filed for divorce.
Even with hi doing that, my brother still had movers arranged right sfter he filed and I found out he took my nmae off the accounts and then filed, my brother was going to pay for movers to just move mine and the kid's stuff to a place near him. It was all arranged, but then my ex had a restraint put on me where I could not take our daughter more than 100 miles away.
My only option then since he was being more horrible than ever was that I waited til he was out of town on business, arranged in advance and took the kids to a women's shelter. We stayed there, safely tucked away for a month, while my brother and parents researched, interviewed and paid for my attorney.
Towards the end, when there was lots of yelling being done at me and I was up here with the kids, my brother would have me call him when my ex started the ugliness, and hand the phone to him. My brother told him he would spend every last dime getting me away from him.
I hate to say it, but this has put my family through h-ll. My parents alone spent 3K buying a washer/dryer, furniture - stuff I did not get back until the court finally ordered it many months later. So, yes, I have a brother - I don't know what I would have done without my family's support.