According to the Department of Justice Bureau of Statistics, 75 percent of visits to the emergency room for domestic violence injuries come after the victim has left their abuser.

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“That’s why we always say you’ve got to have a well-thought-out, safe exit plan,” Dr. Phil says in the Today’s Takeaway video above. “You’ve got to go somewhere that’s off the grid. You’ve got to go somewhere that you cannot be found … then you’ve got to do the things necessary to protect yourself, and that takes preplanning.”

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Watch the video above to learn about the Aspire app, created by Robin McGraw, that can help save the lives of victims of domestic violence. And, learn about the Aspire Initiative, a free curriculum from When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw and Dr. Phil Foundation for students and adults that defines what abuse is.
On Wednesday’s episode, Dr. Phil speaks with two women who claim they were victims of horrific domestic violence. Check here to see where you can watch.

If you or someone you know is being abused and need support, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 (800) 799-7233 or Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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