End the Silence on Domestic Violence: Abusive Exes
The most violent time in an abusive relationship is the minute the woman leaves, or tries to leave. In fact, in domestic violence cases, more than 70 percent of injuries and murders happen after the victim leaves. This phenomenon is known as separation assault. Dr. Phil, along with Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Loni Coombs, former prosecutor and legal commentator, speak with two women who've ended their relationships but struggle to feel safe.
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Former prosecutor and legal commentator Loni Coombs speaks out about separation assault and parental rights. Read her candid thoughts in her DrPhil.com community blog.
Ready to Give Up
Sandy was able to escape a violent relationship, but not before she says she sustained horrific abuse and injury at the hands of her ex, including the loss of her eye. Sandy claims her abuser is continuing his assaults " even though he's behind bars! Find out why Sandy fears her ex will never be out of her life and why she just wants to stop running and let him find her.
An Escalating Situation
Kathy says since she divorced her husband, Heath, he has physically assaulted her, threatened to burn her mother's house down and harassed her daily with threatening voicemails and texts. How can the law protect Kathy when it comes to this alleged digital abuse?
Help Grass Valley!
Domestic violence shelters are crucial in saving women from abusive relationships, but many are in danger of closing because of lack of funding. Niko Johnson is the executive director of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition in Grass Valley, California. She says her agency has been forced to completely eliminate shelter services due to budget cuts.
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