Denise claims that her husband, David, is so controlling that she can’t do anything without his permission, including working outside the home, going to AA meetings, or having a relationship with her sister. She also claims that things got so bad two years ago that she and the couple’s two young daughters temporarily moved into a shelter to escape her husband’s yelling and emotional abuse.

“I never worried that David was going to get physical with me(,) but we just had enough of him getting in our faces and screaming at us,” says Denise.

“My heart is so heavy for you,” says Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin McGraw. “He’s taken your power away, and I’m sorry for that.”

Robin founded When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw and Dr. Phil Foundation, which helps women, children, and men who are suffering from domestic violence and sexual assault to live happy and joy-filled lives free of abuse.

David admits that he has been controlling of Denise in the past, but claims that he is “getting better.” When Robin tells Denise, “It’s time to take your power back,” what is David’s response?

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And later, David and Denise say they’re nearly a quarter-million dollars in debt and are about to be evicted from their home. Dr. Phil introduces the couple to personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, CEO of The Money Coach and author of the book “Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom.” What steps does she say David and Denise can take to help them get back on track?

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