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          PLAYING Why Woman Says She Doesn’t Want To Leave Boyfriend Who She Claims Abuses Her

          Why Woman Says She Doesn’t Want To Leave Boyfriend Who She Claims Abuses Her


          March 7, 2017

          Keirsten says her boyfriend, Mike, is the love of her life. She says he’s a good person and an amazing father to her two sons. However, she also claims Mike has repeatedly abused her and has given her a concussion, several black eyes, busted lips and a bloody ear.

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          Keirsten says even though Mike has been arrested for domestic battery twice, she refuses to press charges against him, and she has no plans to end her relationship with him.

          “I’m not going to leave him. Obviously, he’s put me in the hospital how many times and I’m not going anywhere,” Keirsten says. “If there’s a chance that he can work through this, then I want to be there through it.”

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          Mike admits he has hit Keirsten, but he says she is the one with the anger issues. He says she has come at him in an aggressive manner with military moves and he is often afraid and in defense mode.

          In the video above, Dr. Phil reviews Keirsten’s allegations of abuse by Mike, including pushing her up the stairs when she was pregnant, twisting her arm behind her back to the point she thought he was going to break it, punching her in the head and face while she was holding her son and upper cutting her to her temple, and says, “If this isn’t enough for you to say, ‘I need to step out of this,’ what is? Tell me what the threshold is.”

          “I don’t know where I would draw the line at,” Keirsten replies. “I don’t know how many times I need to get hit for me to finally leave. I feel like I have one foot out of the door. I’ve left him before and my life was a mess.”

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          Watch more in the video above. And on Monday's episode, hear from Mike. And, Dr. Phil offers the couple advice on what he believes they must do if they want a chance to have a healthy relationship. Check here to see where you can watch.

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