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          How to Escape a Bad Marriage

          April 23, 2009

          If you’re a woman living in constant fear of an abusive mate, Dr. Phil dedicates this show to you. He documents the tumultuous journey of a mother of four who flees to a shelter to escape what she says is a violent marriage.

          Please note: Star is in a safe and secure location, and not at the location listed on the shelter’s Web site.

          Horrific Homelife

          When Star last appeared on the show, she admitted that she was addicted to prescription drugs and was unfaithful to her husband, Isaac. Now clean and sober for seven months, she says that her problems are just beginning. Star says Isaac chokes her, slaps her, leaves bruises on her arms and feet and has threatened her life.

          How can the mom maintain her sobriety and her sanity?

          A Husband’s Rage

          Then, Isaac, who doesn’t know where his wife or children are staying, speaks to Dr. Phil via telephone. Hear his side of the story. Does he admit to getting physical with his spouse?

           “Do you think she left because she was afraid that you might kill her?”

          On the Run
          Follow the fearful mom as she makes the toughest decision of her life. Plus, Star gives Dr. Phil cameras a glimpse into her life at the shelter.

          Get Dr. Phil’s steps for escaping an abusive relationship.

          Caught in the Crossfire

          How do kids cope with life in a violent household? Dr. Phil sits down with Star’s 12-year-old daughter. Find out how the preteen says the alleged violence at home affects her.

          “I’m just afraid for my mom.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

          Related Resource

          • If you are in an abusive relationship and need immediate assistance, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-SAFE (7233).

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