Health Services Research
Every year thousands of women experience intimate partner violence (IPV), receiving injuries such as battery to the face, head, and neck, a pattern of violence potentially causing permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI). While the connection between TBI and IPV remains largely unexplored, early investigation has identified elevated TBI rates (30-74%) in women survivors of IPV. Research addressing the identification and support of women survivors of IPV with resultant TBI is extremely limited worldwide. Further investigation has been recognized as a priority, however, very little has been done to examine this unique condition and the implications for support providers such as community based agencies focused on housing, healthcare, and legal services. Our objective was to address knowledge and support gaps identified in our previous study, the current literature, and by our community partners in an effort to improve the wellbeing of brain injured women survivors of IPV. The project’s goal was to develop, implement, and evaluate a TBI toolkit for front line workers serving women survivors of IPV. This research has direct implications for service provision for women exposed to IPV with resultant TBI. It also provides recommendations for further research agendas and highlights the need for broader educational campaigns with targeted audiences.