Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

Women who are abused often suffer injury to their head, neck, and face. The high potential for women who are abused to have mild to severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a growing concern, since the effects can cause irreversible psychological and physical harm. Domestic violence advocates and program staff should consistently screen women entering shelters and programs for TBI-related symptoms. One way to do this is to use the HELPS Screening Tool.