Domestic violence (DV) continues to be a pervasive problem that has been described as an ongoing social epidemic (Daire et al., 2014; Eastman et al., 2007), where one in three U.S. women has been raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked by an intimate partner in her lifetime and one in 5 has experienced severe physical abuse (Black et al., 2011). Incomplete data indicate that abuse involves the head and face. Thus, the relationship between TBI and DV is increasingly evident and alarming. This session highlights the causes and consequences of TBI within the context of domestic violence, in stark contrast to athletic or military TBI. A multidisciplinary approach for TBI and DV education, assessment and intervention is used as an example of what can be done to raise awareness and improve treatment. Additional talks highlight the direct and indirect impact of domestic violence on the pediatric population and legal constraints on pursuing justice. This issue is important to our members because DV increases the impact of TBI on society.
At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to: