Carol found herself in a cycle of violence from the time she was a child. By adulthood, she had already experienced multiple beatings and hospitalizations.
In the most recent attack, her husband beat her with a board, leaving her with permanent brain damage and a life-long disability.
As a result of her injury, she now has frequent seizures, difficulty with balance, and is terrified to leave her home for fear of having a seizure or falling.
Domestic violence does not just leave deep psychological scars on its victims — it also leaves physical ones — often in the form of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Despite this, we fail to recognize the effects a brain injury may have on a victim of domestic violence.
Short term memory loss, mood swings, seizures, these are just a few examples of the legacy that TBI leaves behind.
Both brain injury and domestic violence are…
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