The Doctors: Domestic Violence Abuse
Every nine seconds, a woman is beaten or assaulted in the United States. Domestic violence is by far the leading cause of injury for women. The statistics are terrifying and the stories are all too familiar. Robin McGraw joined The Doctors to talk about her ASPIRE Initiative through her When Georgia Smiled Foundation.
The Doctors shared news clips about domestic violence, including a woman whose child’s father set her on fire in a gas station parking lot. But there are people standing up for women and abuse victims, in hopes of getting them the help and lifelines that they need.
The Drs TV: When Georgia Smiled Foundation
Robin McGraw, wife of TV’s Dr Phil, said she believes in giving back as much as she can. The couple has two grown sons, as well as grandchildren. She has embarked on a new chapter in her charity work.
When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation is named after Robin’s mother, who was a beacon of strength, comfort, and love. The foundation exists in hopes of assisting women of eradicating abuse from their lives.
The Doctors: Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation
Robin wants to teach women how to get out of abusive relationships, where to go, and what to do to build safe, independent lives. She has never been a victim of domestic violence, but she recalled growing up with uncertainty, because her father was an alcoholic and a gambler.
“The one thing that I was certain of was that my mother was always going to be there,” Robin said.
The Drs TV: When Georgia Smiled Goal
Robin said she named this foundation after her mother, as a tribute to the woman who raised her. The foundation’s goal is “to create and advance programs that keep women and children, especially those affected by domestic violence. I want it to enable them to live healthy and joy-filled lives,” she said.
The Doctors: ASPIRE Initiative
One of the foundation’s projects is the ASPIRE Initiative, a free interactive program to stop domestic violence. It is available in English and Spanish, and it is designed for three age groups:
- Young Adults
“It can be used individually” or with a friend or family member, Robin explained. Alternately, this curriculum can be taught in a classroom setting.
The Drs TV: Abuse After Victims Leave
There are three main components to ASPIRE. The first is What’s The Real Deal on Abuse, a definition of abuse. The second step is Stop It Before It Starts, and the third step is Take Action, helping to enable safe exits from abuse situations, and giving advice on staying safe once you escape a bad situation.
A lot of abuse can happen to victims after they leave the scenario. “70% of all victims of domestic abuse, it’s happening after they try to leave,” Dr Rachael Ross said.
The Doctors: The Abuser’s Playbook
A video from the program told women’s stories about their boyfriends and their repeated abusive and violent behavior. The program also features interactive quizzes and other elements, and The Doctors demonstrated a few examples.
Another section, The Abuser’s Playbook, showed a montage of the excuses and justifications that abusive partners might say. Young people are especially easy to manipulate due to youthfulness and inexperience.
The Drs TV: Free ASPIRE Program
If this sounds like something your school, church, or community could benefit from, be sure to check out this FREE program from whengeorgiasmiled.org.