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Identifying an Abuser and Steps to Breaking Free with Dr. Duana Welch

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Identifying an Abuser and Steps to Breaking Free with Dr. Duana Welch

Are you worried you may be involved with an angry or controlling partner? What about someone you know? Dr. Terri talks to Dr. Duana Welch, coach and author of two new Love Factually Singles books, "Love Factually: Your Guide to Identifying Abusers Before They Abuse You" and "Love Factually: Your Guide to Breaking Free From Abuse." In this program, she will be discussing some of the warning signs of abuse, along with common questions once abuse has occurred.  If you or anyone you know is suffering from an abusive relationship, you can find additional support through the National Domestic Abuse Hotline. They offer free and confidential resources to help break free from abuse, and can be contacted 24/7 on their website or phone-line at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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On today's episode:

2:15 - What abuse looks like and why it is important to write about

7:50 - The warning signs of abuse

13:05 - Why is it so hard to spot abusers before a relationship?

16:05 - The difficulties of leaving an abusive relationship

19:10 - Pit Bulls and Cobras

21:30 - Breaking free from abuse

Dr._Duana_Welch_337108500.jpgDr. Duana Welch is the original Love Factually author and coach, known for using social science to solve real-life relationship issues. She has been a professor at universities in Florida, California, and Texas across 20 years, and has contributed to NPR, PBS, Psychology Today, and numerous other outlets, podcasts and videos. Her first book, Love Factually: 10 Proven Steps from I Wish to I Do, is now out globally in five languages. Love Factually for Single Parents [& Those Dating Them] is the second book in the series, specifically geared for finding the right partner not only for readers, but their families. Her new book series Love Factually Singles (February, 2019) provides science-based dating advice in single-topic titles that fit readers' desire to save time and money and to read content specific to their needs. Her Love Factually client practice is global, via Skype and other technologies. For more information and free content, see


About Dr. Terri Orbuch:

Dr. Terri Orbuch (aka The Love Doctor®) is an internationally recognized relationship expert, author, speaker, professor at Oakland University, and research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost 3 decades.

Dr. Orbuch is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her practical science-based advice has led to being featured in publications in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine, and appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN.

She writes articles at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other national outlets; and her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit Morning News. She just launched a new video online course called, “How to Find Love in 7 Days: The Science of Finding Love.” Learn more about her at: