Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Enhancing Victim Advocacy

Traumatic Brain Injury

Victims with Brain Injuries in Domestic Violence Support Groups


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Screening for traumatic brain injury (TBI) at intake will help you identify domestic violence victims who need some accomodations to enable them to use your services. Providing such accomodations is your responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A victim who has a TBI could have difficulty participating in a support group. Ask her about the following issues.

Does she want you to explain the effects of her TBI to group members?
These may include:

You may see some of these behaviors in people with an unidentified TBI, and should ask them in private about being hit on the head.

What would she like group members to do?
What can you do as a leader?