A healthy relationship means both people are respected and safe. In lesbian couples, domestic violence is as common as anywhere else - it is estimated that as many as 46% of lesbian women experience abuse. This may be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or verbal abuse but it is all the result of one person needing control.
Our program helps women that exhibit controlling or violent behavior have healthier relationships. Our small groups are tailored for the specific needs of lesbians who want to change their behavior or are required by the court to attend a state-certified domestic violence course.
Learn about relationships
Our weekly program helps you learn how to have an intimate relationship. You'll discover the skills you already have and learn how to change your way of thinking about control and respect.
What to Expect
We meet weekly in downtown Seattle in a small-group setting. Our program provides a safe place for you to make the changes you want in your life and your relationships.
Each of our clinicians has worked from 12 – 14 years in the DV Program at Wellspring, helping clients increase their skills and knowledge to become the best intimate partner and parent they can be.
Marilyn Liepelt received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington. In addition to working with clients who have used abusive behaviors, she has also worked with survivors of abuse, and taught anger management and parenting classes. She has provided training to law enforcement, advocates and others in social service settings. Marilyn takes her own personal development seriously and brings her perspective that people have the power to turn tragedy into triumph through taking control of their lives through personal responsibility. She desires to help clients remain safe while assisting in their personal transformation.