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          "Afraid of My Husband"

          January 10, 2011

          Dr. Phil continues his mission to end the silence on domestic violence. More than 25 percent of battered women remain in a relationship with their abuser. Sonya fears that she is one of those women who stay. She says her husband’s rage is out of control, and she fears for her safety.

           

          Learn more about the campaign to End the Silence on Domestic Violence and how you can help!

           

           

          Sleeping with the Enemy

          Sonya says her husband, Lawrence, kicked her in the stomach during a fight, forced her to the ground while she was pregnant and violated her in an unspeakable way. Lawrence denies his wife’s allegations and says she’s the one who gets in his face.

           

          “She undermines my authority.”


          The Tiniest Victims

          Three children stand in the middle of this turbulent relationship. The couple’s 10-year-old son, Ian, reveals what bothers him most.  


           “They watch it all.” 



          Fighting for a Hero

          Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, shares the six steps to protect yourself in an abusive relationship. 

           

          How can Sonya calm the chaos in her household?


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          Support the campaign! Donate $20 and receive the End the Silence on Domestic Violence T-shirt seen on the show and a bracelet! One hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to domestic violence shelters and programs across the country that provide support and a safe haven for women and children in harm’s way.

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          • If you or someone you love is being abused, please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE (7233). For more information, visit NDVH.org.
          • For information on your county’s policy issues, crisis centers and shelters, go to National Network to End Domestic Violence and click on “resources” to find your state: NNEDV.org.  

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