What are we doing?

SOAR has three main phases*:

  1. EXPLORE – Psychosocial and lab-based assessments – One-on-one interviews capture past history of abuse, brain injury severity, and mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Lab-based tests gauge a variety of physiological and behavioural functions.
  2. EDUCATE – Education and training – An integrated knowledge translation approach ensures education and training tools are designed to ensure those who work with survivors of intimate partner violence have the knowledge and skills they need to support those who’ve suffered a brain injury.
  3. EMPOWER – Community-based support network – Service providers from the health care, brain injury support, and gender-based violence sectors are brought together in a comprehensive effort to ensure women identified as having experienced an IPV-related brain injury get the help they need to move forward in healing.

* Our work is grounded in recognizing trauma, and its effects on survivors.