Ask Me Anything: About Traumatic Brain Injury, Strangulation and Domestic Violence

Ask Me Anything: About Traumatic Brain Injury, Strangulation and Domestic Violence
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2023-08-24
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According to research by domestic violence survivors, 86% of survivors have been hit or hurt in the head, and 83% have been choked or strangled. Unfortunately, conversations around traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions tend to be centered around sports when it occurs more in DV. DV survivors don’t always report and when they do, there can be barriers – from both the survivors’ and the agency’s sides – preventing the proper identification of brain injury or strangulation.

This is a continuation of the past webinars revolving around trauma, TBI, strangulation, and DV led by Rachel Ramirez – this time around answering questions from the audience. Rachel is the Founder and Director of The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, a project of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN). She is a trailblazer in raising awareness through promising practices, protocols, and tools related to the intersection of these topics.

Points tackled in the brief overview are:

  • The importance of trauma-informed care that focuses on survivors’ experience.
  • The prevalence of incidents of brain injury in DV settings and the lack of attention provided to it.
  • The psychological trauma experienced by DV survivors that can have long-term impacts.
  • The distinct qualities and impacts of DV-related brain injuries.
  • The challenges DV survivors experience as a result of their injuries when accessing services.

Specifics of this AMA session include:

  • Understanding signs and symptoms – psychological, cognitive, physical, emotional – of brain injury.
  • Factors that influence and impact the healing of concussions.
  • Providing a better response to DV survivors by recognizing the signs of head injury and its impact on victim behavior and day-to-day functions.
  • Addressing abusive behavior rooted in brain injury by connecting victims to support services, safety planning, advocating for safety, and employing the CARE approach.
  • Increasing the utilization of medical assistance for victims by identifying common barriers and providing more education, and the tools available for screening and raising awareness.
  • Shortening the cycle to help-seeking by acknowledging barriers, building trust, extending support, and providing information.
  • Lack of strangulation prevention programs.

Webinar attendees raised topics during the Q&A related to:

  • How DV can affect memory.
  • Whether migraines are considered as a symptom of brain injuries.
  • The duration that brain injuries persist.
  • The type of questions to ask survivors.
  • Whether DV-related TBI, strangulation, and concussion trainings are being made available to different related professions.



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Audience Comments

  • “All of it, I was waiting for this webinar for its fundamental content.” — Arely
  • “I learned a lot of great information.” — Cassandra
  • all the information in general was really interesting. — Carolina
  • “The webinar helped me to understand more in-depth the seriousness of sustaining head injuries. I was familiar with the impact of strangulation but not with what happens when someone is hit in the head or has their head banged. Thank you!” — Deanna
  • “I learned that some symptoms victims display after abuse like confusion, brain fog, mood swings, could be from a brain injury due to head trauma or being struck in the head.” — Elizabeth
  • “Excellent speaker. All the information was valuable and added insight for providers dealing with victims.” — Glenda
  • “Overall, it was an excellent training and a great way to raise awareness for those of us in the field of working with families. It’s also good information for people that may know individuals in situations they could use a better understanding of.” — Jeanette
  • “The topics were truly educational for me, I had no idea of the impact and effects that it has on people.? — Larry




This webinar is part of the JCH Summer School Program. From June 1-August 31, 2023, attendees will receive a certificate of attendance via email about one hour after the conclusion of a webinar.

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NACP and D-SAACP Advocates can earn 1 CEU by attending this webinar through the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.  To learn more about NOVA, visit




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