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Description & Objectives LW6


Intersection of TBI and Domestic Violence Cross-Cutting


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:

  1. Articulate the epidemiology and societal impact of domestic violence with regard to traumatic brain injury
  2. Discuss the impact of TBI on functions with patrol officers, medical community, family, and society
  3. Demonstrate the epidemiology of domestic violence and TBI spans across age, race, and socioeconomic class