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.
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