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Scared for Her Life
Brittany says she lives in fear of her ex-boyfriend and father of her son. She claims Frank was abusive during their relationship, and that when she was pregnant, he assaulted her, tried to kidnap her and threatened her life. After the alleged incident, she says she left him, and now fears he will snatch their son and leave the country. Frank admits he has a temper but says he's never laid a hand on Brittany.

"If you're not telling the truth, you are playing a dangerous, dangerous game." 



Can They Co-Parent Peacefully?
Dr. Phil goes over some of the threats Brittany says Frank has made against her and her family, and Frank opens up about having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Plus, why wouldn't Brittany's mother come on the show? And, will Brittany allow Frank to have a supervised visit with the boy?

Frank has a tearful plea for Brittany. 



A Family Searching for Answers
Tisha says when she divorced her abusive husband, she never imagined how he'd retaliate. It's a tragedy no mother should have to endure. Could it have been prevented? And, don't miss the child custody precautions every mother needs to know before leaving an abusive relationship!

"She said, "Mommy, I can't. I'm out camping with my daddy.'" 



PSA Contest Winners!

Dr. Phil is proud to partner with Break the Cycle and Hazelden Publishing to promote, distribute and continually create the most comprehensive best-practices program for reducing dating violence in the country, and it's called Respect WORKS! The goal is to get it into at least 1,000 schools, reaching one million children this fall. 

HopeLine from Verizon and Break the Cycle hosted a national Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest for all teens, with the winner being announced on the Dr. Phil show.

"I am honored to announce that the winning PSA was produced by the students at Lehman High School in Bronx, New York. Congratulations!" Dr. Phil says.