• It happens to a woman in America every 15 seconds.
  • It is three times more likely to occur with young women ages 16 to 24.
  • One out of every four women falls victim to it at one point in their lives.

Abuse comes in many forms, some of which we've seen played out in the media with celebrities such as Chris Brown and Mel Gibson, but it could be affecting your sister, daughter, neighbor - or even happening right in your own home.


Not Physical … Yet
Nora says her husband, Eduardo, is verbally and emotionally abusive. Although the police have been called at least 10 times, and he has been arrested for domestic violence, Eduardo still claims he's not an abusive husband.


"I'm the dynamite, but she lights the fuse." 


Parental Legacy
Nora isn't the only one witnessing Eduardo's rage. They have three small children who are home for it all. Dr. Phil tests his guests about identifying abuse. And, Anthony Pope, a criminal defense attorney and former police officer, explains how close Eduardo is to losing everything.


Does Nora have to remove herself and her kids from the situation, or can Eduardo make a change? 


"Highly Explosive"
Karen says she's scared of her husband and fears every day that she'll do or say something that will trigger his anger. Dale admits he's verbally abusive, but says his wife loves to push his buttons. Find out why an expert with 20 years of experience in the field of domestic violence feels Karen is in a highly explosive, verbally, emotionally and psychologically abusive situation.


Learn the safest way to leave an abusive relationship. 

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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 The National Network to End Domestic Violence and click on "resources" to find your state: NNEDV.org.

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