Webinar: Brain Injury, a Silent epidemic in the domestic and sexual violence population (Network Programs Only)
• Participants will be able to identify and define brain injury signs and symptoms.
• Participants will describe the intersection of brain injury and domestic violence.
• Participants will understand strategies which help individuals with brain injury.
Brain injury research in domestic violence is limited. The targeting of head/face in assaults makes the likelihood of brain injury greater in those exposed to domestic violence. They may also have increased exposure to repeated brain injury.
Brain injury has an immediate cognitive, emotional, and physical consequence with lasting and potentially permanent repercussions. Single or repeated brain injury may make it more difficult to think effectively, be physically healthy, seek help, identify and utilize resources, make sound decisions, and be interpersonally effective. Individuals with brain injury may appear to be disorganized, aggressive, temperamental, or confused and have physical symptoms such as headaches, changes in vision, hearing loss, or difficulty with balance. If these symptoms are misunderstood the individual may not get the needed help or may be inappropriately classified.
In a 2018 project Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska worked with domestic violence programs which screened individuals entering their program. 58% of those screens were positive for potential brain injury. 91% reported sustaining the brain injury due to being hit in the head or strangled and 31% endorsed multiple events where their head was struck or they were strangled. 88% reported some functional difficulty and/or physical symptomology related to the incident.
Please join us to learn how you understand brain injuries and the impact had on the Survivors you aim to support and empower on a daily basis.
Trainer: Peggy Reisher
Peggy Reisher has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is the executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE) who’s organizational mission is to create a better future for all Nebraskans through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy and support. Reisher has over 25 years of experience working and advocating for individuals with brain injury and their families across the state of Nebraska.
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