Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

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The Intersection of Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

The head and face are among the most common targets of intimate partner assaults, and victims of domestic violence often suffer head, neck and facial injuries. Common forms of physical assault that can cause a brain injury include:

It can be difficult to know exactly what specific symptoms mean for a given individual. For instane, suppose a woman is experiencing:

Are these symptoms of a brain injury, or do they result from the stress of living with an abusive partner? If she has a brain injury, is the stress of domestic violence exacerbating her TBI-related symptoms? How is the brain injury affecting her ability to cope with abuse? It is important not to jump to conclusions, and to screen carefully for both brain injury and domestic violence.

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  1. Jackson, H., et al. (2002). Traumatic Brain Injury: A Hidden Consequence for Battered Women. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33, 1, 39-45.
  2. See Jackson, H., et al. (2002). Traumatic Brain Injury: A Hidden Consequence for Battered Women. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33, 1, 39-45.