With millions of people sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to stay in contact with friends and family – especially if you suspect they could be experiencing domestic abuse.

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“The number one tool of these people is isolation,” says Dr. Phil. “And now they’ve got isolation mandated – this is heaven for an abuser.”

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If you have called and messaged, but can’t reach the person you’re concerned about, “You’ve got to be willing to step up and call for a welfare check,” he says.

Watch the video above to learn what steps to take when contacting authorities, then check here to find out where you can see Friday’s episode.

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