The New Yorker has published an account of the work that advocates in California and across the country have been doing to train police and medical professionals to screen for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and other invisible traumas from domestic violence. Finding these injuries can not only help victims of violence get the treatment they need, it can also enhance their safety. Advocates have come to understand that there is a close connection between abusers who strangle their partners and domestic homicides later on.
In Dover-Foxcroft, Mayo Regional Hospital has been working with some victims of domestic-violence related head injuries and has partnered with the Alliance to further a conversation about identifying and responding to concussed victims. We hope to share more about these efforts in the future.