It's sad to see the courts intercede when two people came up with their own solution. This report comes from Reuters News London. It doesn't say if this occurred in Iran or London. Interesting that the husband was just "banned" from beating her and not imprisoned. Based on her comments it looks like she'll miss the beatings if they are completely removed from her marriage.
'Beat me once a week' says Iranian woman
22 September 2004
An Iranian woman, beaten every day by her husband, asked a court to tell him only to beat her once a week.
Maryam, the middle-age woman, said she did not want to divorce her husband because she loved him.
"Just tell him to beat me once a week ... Beating is part of his nature and he cannot stop it," Maryam told the court.
The Tehran court found the man guilty and banned him from beating the wife, the paper said.
"If I do not beat her, she will not be scared enough to obey me," the husband said.