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

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:

Domestic violence makes it harder to deal with brain injury.
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