I share in my book The Knot in the Spiral how I hesitated before filing a complaint after the abuse. A whole chapter of The Knot in the Spiral is dedicated to this topic. Indeed, narcissistics are skilled actors who can easily play the role of the victim in front of a judge.
I highly recommend the conversation between Anita Moorjani and Christiane Northrup as regard to manipulative people. The video is entitled “Conversation with Anita Moorjani & Christiane Northrup“.