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          PLAYING Today’s Takeaway: Ending The Cycle Of Abuse

          Today’s Takeaway: Ending The Cycle Of Abuse


          January 4, 2018

          Tammi says when she met her former fiancé Chris on an online dating site, she liked that he pursued her. She says they dated on and off for seven years, and he even offered to adopt her teenage daughter.

          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: I’m living a nightmare!

          Tammi and Chris’ relationship endured two break-ups and make-ups because Tammi said she still loved him. Even after their relationship ended for the final time, Tammi says they remained “friends with benefits.” But that decision would prove to be nearly fatal for Tammi.

          Chris viciously attacked Tammi with a meat tenderizer, snapped her vertebrae, smashed her finger down to the tendon and choked her. Find out how Tammi’s daughter, Taylor, saved her life. Chris pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. It has been two years since Tammi was attacked by Chris, and Taylor says her mother refuses to leave the house. Tammi admits that she spends most of her time on the couch and only leaves to go to work. She says that she cannot even step foot in a grocery store. Find out why Tammi says the grocery store causes her to have flashbacks of the night she was attacked. Dr. Phil sent Transformational Coach Lisa Nichols to meet with Tammi and Taylor before the show. Find out what she discovered.

          Watch the video above for Dr. Phil’s final thoughts on Thursday’s episode.

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          TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: At your final breaking point?

          If you think you may be in a dangerous relationship with unhealthy patterns, please seek help. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233). Or visit

          Visit to learn more about the Robin McGraw Revelation and Dr. Phil Foundation: When Georgia Smiled, and The Aspire Initiative, an interactive program which helps those caught in the cycle of domestic abuse to identify, and take steps to end it.

          Visit, call 1-866-331-9474 or text loveis to 22522 to find information and resources in your local area.

          'I Was Begging Him The Whole Time Not To Kill Me,' Claims Woman Whose Ex Attacked Her With A Meat Tenderizer

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