Information for Brain Injury Service Providers
Most victims of domestic violence – particularly the victims of the most serious physical violence – are women assaulted by husbands or boyfriends. (For this reason, we refer to victims as ‘she’ and batterers as ‘he,’ while acknowledging that some men are assaulted by women, and that lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people are also victims of violence by partners.)
Living with domestic violence can make it difficult for the victim to recover as fully as possible from a brain injury. There are several reasons for this:
- If she still lives with her abusive partner, he may prevent her from accessing medical care or rehabilitation services, making or keeping appointments, or having service providers in the home, if she needs them.
- He may be unwilling to make needed adjustments to assist her – abusers tend to put their own wishes ahead of their partners’ needs.
- If he is continuing to assault her, she may suffer new brain injuries before previous ones have healed, making recovery much more difficult.