Why does it matter?
Estimates suggest 230,000 Canadian women will suffer a violent physical attack at the hands of an intimate partner each year. As many as 92% of them report symptoms consistent with BI.
Many professionals who work with women survivors, aren’t educated in brain injury, and don’t have the skills or training to support them.
Yet, the varied symptoms of brain injury from concussion or strangulation can make it harder for an already-traumatized IPV survivor to cope. It may cause her to:
- not listen.
- be easily distracted.
- have difficulties learning new things.
- have trouble following instructions and remembering appointments or chores.
- be tired and irritated easily.
- get angry or rage at her children or others.
- have difficulties adapting to life in a communal shelter setting.