It depends on what you mean by "matters". Some things, like protective orders, require actual physical violence, or the imminent threat of physical violence. But general cruel treatment, even if not rising to the level of physical abuse, certainly can matter in other contexts like a request for a disproportionate division of community property.
If I may be so bold as to pry: it seems you should get out of this relationship. Contact local divorce attorneys, and as Ms. Barnett said... the cruel treatment may be an issue in the divorce. If you fear for your physical safety, call the police to protect you and so report(s) will be on file.
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