Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

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Information for Brain Injury Service Providers

The screening process

Abuse, victimization, domestic violence – these words do not mean the same thing to everyone, so just asking, “Are you a victim of domestic violence?” is not enough. ‘Domestic violence’ is a somewhat abstract concept, so keep your questions as behavioral and concrete as possible. (This is good practice whether or not the person being screened has a brain injury.)

Ask about physical violence. Has your partner ever…

It is not enough to just ask, “Are you a victim of domestic violence?”

Ask about coercive control. Use the Power and Control Wheel as a tool for asking about different tactics of abuse. Does your partner (or anyone in your life)…

Next: When abuse is disclosed