Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury: Recognizing Invisible Injuries and Finding Hope for Healing

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By: Elizabeth Clendenen, MSW Intern

This March, for brain injury awareness month, we want to draw attention to a less-visible group of people who are significantly impacted by brain injury. When we think about the people who are most affected by brain injuries, we typically think about football players and veterans. We don’t tend to think about survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). However, survivors of IPV also experience high rates of brain injury and are impacted by brain injury in unique ways. Partner-inflicted brain injury is when person’s brain is hurt by strangulation and/or blows to the head that can cause a traumatic brain injury, concussion, or other type of brain injury while experiencing domestic violence. By learning more about the prevalence of partner-inflicted brain injury and its effects, advocates and healthcare…

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