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March 19, 2009

Dr. Phil Reveals The 10 Warning Signs of Abuse on Friday's Show
COULD YOU BE INVOLVED IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND NOT KNOW IT?
DR. PHIL REVEALS THE 10 WARNING SIGNS OF ABUSE ON FRIDAY’S SHOW

(Los Angeles, March 19, 2009) – On Friday’s Dr. Phil, the focus is on domestic abuse. Though Rihanna and Chris Brown's purported problems most recently sparked a headline discussion of domestic abuse, most abuse goes unreported and unresolved. In this episode, Dr. Phil underlines the warning signs that indicate domestic violence in a relationship as well as a step-by-step plan on how to escape – see lists below. Bishop T.D. Jakes and Dr. Jill Murray will also appear on the program.

This informative episode of DR. PHIL airs Friday, March 20 (check local listings).

WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU MAY BE INVOLVED IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP:
* History of past battering
* Threats of violence
* Breaking items in anger
* Use of force during arguments
* Unreasonable jealousy
* Controlling behavior
* Quick involvement in the relationship
* Verbal abuse, blaming others for problems
* Cruelty to children and animals
* Abrupt mood changes

IF YOU ARE BEING ABUSED:
* Call the police
* Avoid becoming isolated and confide in someone
* Do NOT feel shame and know that no one has the right to hit or control you with fear
* Know that there is no excuse for abuse, it is NOT your fault and you are NOT alone
* Keep a record (including pictures if possible) in a safe place
* Consider ending the relationship as soon as possible
* Develop a safety/exit plan that DOES NOT include confronting your abuser:

1. Know emergency numbers
2. Keep spare house and car keys and a suitcase with essentials hidden but accessible
3. Know where you can stay in an emergency
4. Hide key documents and some emergency money
5. Work out a distress signal-system with a friend or loved one

For more of Dr. Phil's advice on domestic abuse, visit www.drphil.com.

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