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In my opinion, Stanley's abuse of Stella is a regular occurrence.
STELLA.: Because it is nearly two-thirty.
Banche crosses into the bedroom and partially closes the portieres:
Couldn't you call it quits after one more hand? [A chair scrapes. Stanley gives a loud whack of his hand on her thigh.]
STELLA [sharply]: That's not fun, Stanley. [The men laugh. Stella goes Into the bedroom.]
STELLA: It makes me so mad when he does that in front of people.
STELLA: You lay your hands on me and I'll [She backs out of sight. He advances and disappears. There is the sound of a blow, Stella cries out. Blanche screams and runs into the kitchen. The men rush forward and there is grappling and cursing. Something is overturned with a crash.]
A Streetcar Named Desire / Scene Three