Barrow Neurological Institute has identified a link between domestic violence and TBI. The findings could have important implications in the treatment of domestic violence survivors. The research, led by Dr. Glynnis Zieman, was published in Journal of Neurotrauma. “Head injuries are among the most common type suffered in domestic violence, which can lead to repetitive brain injuries that often have chronic, life-changing effects, much like what we see in athletes. We found that 88 percent of these victims suffered more than one head injury as a result of their abuse and 81 percent reported too many injuries to count,” says Dr. Zieman.
“This is the third chapter in the concussion story,” says Dr. Zieman. “First it was veterans, then it evolved into professional athletes, and now we’re identifying brain injuries in victims of domestic violence. And, unlike well-paid football players, these patients rarely have the support, money and other resources needed to get help.”