HIGHLIGHTING AN INVISIBLE BRAIN INJURY
One in three women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Most will also suffer a brain injury.
When you consider most physical abuse involves blows to the head, face, neck, and strangulation, it’s not surprising. But while sports concussion dominates news headlines, little attention is paid to how common brain injuries are among survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).
SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research) works to change that through a unique, multi-disciplinary research collaboration between University of British Columbia – Okanagan and Kelowna Women’s Shelter.
What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?
The term intimate partner violence (IPV) describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse.
IPV is also known as domestic abuse or gender-based violence, and is a major public health concern that destroys lives, devastates families, and affects communities around the world.
One in three women will experience IPV in her lifetime.
In Canada alone, it’s estimated 230,000 women between 20 and 54 will experience severe violence at the hands of an intimate partner every year.
The federal Department of Justice estimates the annual costs associated with IPV exceed $7.4B.
What is a Brain Injury (BI)?
A Brain injury (BI) is an alteration in brain function caused by external forces, or a reduction in oxygen supply. A concussion is a form of traumatic brain injury caused by a hard blow or jolt to the head, neck, or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.
In intimate partner violence (IPV), a concussion can happen from a variety of causes, including being:
- Punched, or hit with an object.
- Violently shaken.
- Pushed down stairs.
- Thrown out of a moving vehicle.
Every year, it’s estimated more than 212,000 Canadian women will suffer #BI from #IPV. Yet many who work with survivors still don’t know how to recognize signs and symptoms, or how to help. We’r...Read More
RT @DrvanDonkelaar: Not a bad setting for a spring get together for the @CanadaSoar team prior to the long weekend https://t.co/4GqIdAlj4lRead More
Our healthcare system is lacking a defined pathway of care for women who’ve experienced #BI from #IPV, so we partnered with @BrainTrustCAD on a BI rehabilitation program. It includes: Aerobic exer...Read More
Here at SOAR, everything we do fits into three key goal areas: Explore. Educate. Empower. It’s all part of our commitment to improving the lives of women who’ve experienced #BI in #IPV. Learn mor...Read More
This piece for @tedtalks by @MaryHalton is all about supporting friends and family in abusive relationships. Our founder @kmason10 was interviewed, and shared signs of abuse, and how you can help. F...Read More
From the outside, a survivor of #BI from #IPV may look like nothing is wrong. But the healing process, and repercussions, can be long-term, and devastating. That’s why we’re working to educate mor...Read More
It sounds unbelievable, but SOAR all began with a swipe! 📲 Co-founders @Kmason10 and @DrvanDonkelaar met on @Tinder in 2015, and the rest is history! Learn more about SOAR at #SoarProject #Soa...Read More
RT @ToriStranges: Proud of my lab mate, mate and @CanadaSoar PhD trainee @RoryAMarshall on this recent publication in The Journal of Physio…Read More
For information on safe, confidential shelter for women and their children who are escaping abuse, head to @endvawnetwork's website #SoarProject #SoarWithUs #SoarProjectCanada -------------------...Read More
RT @C_Kneer: The myth of the "perfect victim" of domestic abuse harms every single person who has been subjected to abuse.Read More
Here's how you can help someone you suspect is being abused: 🔹 Offer support (shelter, childcare, rides to support services). 🔹 Suggest resources (shelters, helplines, police) 🔹 Support unco...Read More
RT @ResearchonWH: Celebrate #MentalHealthWeek by watching our 3rd Women’s Brain Health Conference Symposium where @Kmason10 & @DrvanDonkela…Read More
@ResearchonWH @Kmason10 @DrvanDonkelaar It was a great conference, thank you for having us.Read More
RT @BCSTH: Today is the #NationalDayofAwareness for #MMIWG2S, it is also #RedDressDay. @BCSTH recognizes the lives lost, and stands in sol…Read More
We love community partners like @BrainTrustCAD!! 💫 We’re privileged to work with them to provide support and rehabilitation services to survivors of brain injury (#BI) from intimate partner viol...Read More
People often use “choke” and “strangle” interchangeably, but they’re different. Choking is when something is stuck in the airway. With strangulation, pressure to the neck blocks blood and o...Read More
@freespiritus @ianhanomansing Exactly this. It's a learning process, and it takes practice. Some options we like are "friends", "people", "humans" and "folx".Read More
RT @ILCADV: It's National Week of Action for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (4/29/5/5). Native women face murder rates ⬆️ than 10x th…Read More
Post-concussion syndrome is very common for women who've experienced #braininjury in #intimatepartnerviolence.Read More
RT @PADVAtlanta: Even if your next move appears terrifying and your mind is racing, remember that you've already started your path to freed…Read More