Dr. Phil: Wife Robin Launches Domestic Abuse Site & App (10/28/13)
Dr. Phil brings out Chris, whose abusive husband shot her and put her in a wheelchair, to talk with Courtney & Jeromiah. Chris and Dr. Phil point out to Jeromiah that he’s doing what Chris’ husband was doing to her before he shot her. Also, Robin McGraw launches her domestic abuse foundation, including an app with a pre-recorded distress message for 911 and trusted contacts.
Courtney is torn about going back to Jeromiah, who has abused her in their 5-year marriage and has been convicted of assault. Jeromiah admits to Dr. Phil that he has kicked down the door and dragged wife Courtney down the hallway by her throat. Dr. Phil tells Jeromiah that he’s abusing his wife in front of their kids. We see a photo of a black-and-blue bruise on her arm.
Her daughter has seen Jeromiah push Courtney down the stairs. Jeromiah admits that his anger is uncontrollable but says that he has never gone too far. Jeromiah says that he’s not afraid of killing Courtney; Dr. Phil tells him that he should be. Dr. Phil points out toCourtney that Jeromiah has told her that she can’t stop. Courtney is incredulous when she asks Dr. Phil if he thinks that she should leave him.
Dr. Phil brings out Chris to wake up Courtney & Jeromiah. When Chris told her husband that she was leaving him, he shot her and ruptured her spleen. She comes out in a wheelchair. She says that in the struggle for the gun, her husband “must have” shot himself. The show does not say what had happened to her husband.
Courtney admits that her friend was killed by her husband. Jeremoiah says that he’s not “these guys”. Dr. Phil and Chris tell Jeremiah that he is, that he could kill her when he chokes her.
Origins Discovery Center CEO Ben Levenson says that Origins can help everyone. Jeromiah accepts the help. He and Courtney will have no contact while he’s at the center. Dr. Phil says that Courtney will also get help on her self-esteem.
Dr. Phil’s wife Robin McGraw announces the start of her foundation, When Georgia Smiled, named after her mom. The 1st project is the website for abused women. Dr. Phil points out that the teen section is unlike any site that he’s seen. The icons float like on a phone, but with bigger spaces in between.
That’s our recap of Dr. Phil today, 10/28/13. Tune in for tomorrow’s recap on Baby Veronica and a reunion after abandonment. Til then, you might want to check out our abandoned then reunited, abusive husband and other Dr. Phil archives.
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