The Invisible Wounds of Intimate Partner Violence in Women: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

Presentation:

The Invisible Wounds of Intimate Partner Violence in Women: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury

Research in traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder (TBI/PTSD) in women and particularly in intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors, is in its infancy. While the study of TBI in combat veterans and athletes has received a lot of attention in recent years, little is known about the prevalence and impact of these injuries sustained during IPV assaults in women. That said, rates of head injury during assaults in the context of IPV exceed the rates of head injury incurred during combat, sports, falls and motor vehicle collisions combined. This presentation will describe that prevalence and impact of head injury in female survivors of IPV and the overlapping symptomatology of PTSD and TBI. It will present preliminary data examining the impact head injury on psychopathology and treatment outcomes in a cohort of female IPV survivors. Lastly, practical recommendations for clinicians and areas for future research will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  1. Appreciate the prevalence and impact of head injury in female survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV)
  2. Classify the overlapping symptomatology of traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD/TBI)
  3. Understand the importance of screening for PTSD and TBI in survivors of IPV

 

 

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