A victim of domestic violence who has a brain injury may have difficulty doing many of the things that will help her with both immediate safety and long-term freedom from abuse, such as:
Brain injury makes it harder to deal with domestic violence.
- Accurately assessing danger (e.g., knowing when her partner’s violence is escalating).
- Defending herself against, or escaping from, physical or sexual assault.
- Judging when she needs medical care.
- Keeping advocacy, counseling or medical appointments, or court dates.
- Making and remembering safety plans.4
- Going to school or holding a job (increasing her financial dependency on the abuser).
- Leaving her abusive partner.
- Living on her own; finding accessible housing.
- Accessing domestic violence services and other needed services.
- Adapting to living in a shelter.
- Bennett, L. & Bland, P., Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence, 2008, p 6.