Mild traumatic brain injuries: what front-line domestic violence workers need to know

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Fernandez Parra, Adriana Maria
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education
Women accessing domestic violence shelter services may have mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) which require front-line workers to adapt their assistance given these women may be suffering from many debilitating psychological symptoms. However, there is scarce evidence-based informative material for DV workers about the signs of an mTBI. To that end, a comprehensive review of the research and literature on mTBI outcomes was completed resulting in the applied element of this being twofold: (a) a list of three practical and screenings considerations for shelter supervisors to use as learning objectives to review with their staff and, (b) a manuscript for publication in a Canadian peer-reviewed journal that integrates research into practice, by consolidating research in this area into three up-to-date recommendations for DV front-line workers with no specialization in brain injuries, to refer to when working with individuals showing signs of mTBI.
mild traumatic brain injury , domestic violence , women’s shelters , educational resources , recommendations , considerations , front-line workers , screening , wellbeing , depression , trauma