About The Project
SOAR (Supporting Survivors of Abuse and Brain Injury through Research) is a multi-disciplinary, community-engaged, non-profit initiative that explores the intersection of brain injury (BI) and intimate partner violence (IPV), and applies scientific evidence to increase awareness, and improve supports and services for survivors.
We work with researchers who use psychosocial and lab-based assessments, and
integrated knowledge translation to gather data, and develop and test education and training for those who work with survivors and members of the public, as well as screening and supports for survivors themselves.
The goal? Increase knowledge, awareness, and education, in order to help and ensure women who experience brain injury at the hands of a partner get the trauma-informed supports and services they need to move into healthy lives free of abuse.
It all started with a swipe.
It’s true! SOAR’s co-founders, a university professor/concussion researcher, and then
executive director of a women’s shelter, met in 2015 on an online dating site.
They both swiped right, and a few months later, the idea for SOAR was born, with work
getting underway in earnest in 2016.