Laura claims that her daughter, Rebecca’s, boyfriend, Dominick, is controlling, verbally abusive, isolates her and has hit Rebecca at least four times. Dominick blames his behavior on a brain lesion, but Laura says that’s just an excuse.

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Rebecca, who says that Dominick is the love of her life, admits that he has both hit her and verbally abused her.

“What you’re describing is a cycle of violence,” says Dr. Phil, who, along with his wife, Robin, breaks down each phase of the sequence.

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“It tends to get worse, not better, he concludes.

Watch the video above to see Dr. Phil and Robin explain the cycle of violence in intimate relationships where domestic abuse is present. Then check here to find out where you can watch more from Monday’s episode.


To learn more about the cycle of violence, visit When Georgia Smiled and click on the Aspire Curriculum, a free, online education initiative aimed at reducing domestic violence, instilling the importance of bystander responsibility, and offering strategies and practical solutions for a safe exit.

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