December 29, 2010
Dr. Phil is on a mission to end the silence on domestic violence! Do you know the warning signs of abuse and how to exit a dangerous relationship safely?
Afraid for Herself and Her Daughter
Lorain says her boyfriend, Mike, is abusive, and she's lifting a restraining order against him so they can meet with Dr. Phil. She says they could be a happy family if he could just control his aggression. Mike says he's never laid a hand on Lorain; she is just too sensitive.
Lorain's 11-year-old daughter, Mia, shares what it was like living with Mike. And, Dr. Phil digs down to uncover the painful secret that Lorain tried keeping from Mike and why he says she emotionally abuses him. Dr. Phil does not mince words when he tells them whether or not they can have a successful relationship.
Surviving the Unthinkable
Audrey says her husband was jealous and controlling but had never physically harmed her " until she left him. Attacked with a knife, doused with gasoline and lit on fire, Audrey shares the horrific day she went from praying for death to praying for life. It's a story of survival that is a wake-up call for anybody who thinks they may be in an unhealthy relationship.
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A Family's Heartbreak
Katherine was in an abusive relationship with the father of her two children. Encouraged by family members to get out, she made the first steps to protect herself and get to safety. Katherine and her family did everything right, and no one could've predicted the shocking end to her life. Her mother, Elena, and sister, Jennifer, share their story to shine a spotlight on separation assault.
Keeping Shelters Open and Victims Safe
Congresswoman Gwen Moore, a survivor of abuse, joins the show via satellite. She is the chief sponsor of the Family Violence and Prevention Services Act (FVPSA). Find out how you can support legislation that keeps domestic shelters open and provides advocacy, counseling and legal services for families in need.
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.
For more information on Dr. Phil's campaign, click here!