“The most dangerous time in a domestic violence situation is when the victim is getting away from the abuser,” Dr. Phil says. “When you’re getting away from the abuser, they panic, because they’ve controlled their victim, they’ve isolated and controlled them … That’s when they start taking it up, ratcheting it up to the next level, and that’s where people get killed.”

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That’s why Dr. Phil says it’s important to have a safe exit plan in place before leaving an abusive relationship.

Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin McGraw, founder and CEO of When Georgia Smiled; The Robin McGraw and Dr. Phil  Foundation, is one of the foremost ambassadors in the fight against domestic violence in the United States. The Foundation has created the Aspire Initiative, a free domestic violence education curriculum, which includes a plan for safely leaving an abusive relationship.

“We list all of the steps you need to take before you leave an abusive relationship,” Robin says.

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In the video above, Robin outlines the steps to take to safely leave an abusive relationship.

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