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Kaiser Permanente Member Seeks Help From Therapist to Leave Abusive Relationship

Lynnette Bowens Varela with child in the 1980s Lynnette Bowens Varela and daughter.

Lynnette Bowens Varela met her now-ex-husband when she was just 15. She fell in love with him quickly, and she fell hard. But soon after they got married, he flipped a switch. He hit her for the first time when she was pregnant with their first child, and soon, it became a daily occurrence.

She credits her Kaiser Permanente therapist for helping her work up the courage to finally leave her husband of 22 years.

To read the rest of Lynnette’s story, please visit the Kaiser Permanente Care Stories blog.