No matter what your friend decides, make sure they know you’re there for them no matter what.
Like all behavioral traits, it exists in greater or lesser manifestation in each individual person over time, but may be a more significant "compensatory behavior" for some as opposed to others.
Browbeat suggests the persistent application of highhanded, disdainful, or imperious tactics: browbeating a witness.
Cow implies bringing out an abject state of timorousness and often demoralization: a dog that was cowed by abuse.
It’s Like My Friend’s Relationship It can be hard to watch a friend go through something like this.
It’s ok to tell them they deserve to be treated with respect.