Romina, a teen who created an online video, gained national attention when she said: “If your boyfriend hits you or beats you up, stay with him. He loves you.” Now, she sits down with Dr. Phil to set the record straight on why she feels she was misunderstood. Dr. Phil, who is outraged that she is claiming to be a role model and spreading such an ignorant message, tells her, “I am very concerned that the idiotic message that you’re putting out there could cause an innocent young girl to put herself in harm’s way following that logic and get herself hurt.”
Dr. Phil introduces Romina to his wife, Robin, who has made it her mission to educate children and adults about domestic violence. Through her foundation, When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation, Robin has created the Aspire Initiative, a free domestic violence education curriculum for tweens, teens and adults, to reduce the level of intimate relationship violence in the United States. She has also created the Aspire News App, which has been recognized on Capitol Hill and on the floor of the United Nations as one of the most meaningful apps in the fight against domestic violence.
Robin shares nine warning signs to look for to tell you if you are in an abusive relationship. “This is what all young women — and men — should know,” she says.
1. Quick involvement in a relationship
2. Extreme jealousy
3. Controlling behavior
4. Threats of violence
5. Abrupt mood changes
6. Verbal abuse
7. Breaking objects
8. Use of force during an argument
9. History of past battering.
On his show Wednesday, Dr. Phil also speaks with a woman who says an abusive partner doused her with gasoline and set her on fire when she was 19. Click here to watch more from this episode.
To learn more about the Aspire Initiative or Aspire News app, click here.