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Safety Planning for Domestic Violence Victims Who Have Been Hit on the Head

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If your partner has hit you in the head, made you hit your head on an object, shaken you violently, or tried to strangle you, you may have a TBI without knowing it. It’s important to consider the possibility of a TBI in your safety planning, and to do what you can to protect yourself and prevent another injury. Your domestic violence advocate may ask you about injuries to your head, and may suggest getting an evaluation.

Protecting Your Head

What can you do to protect your head from future assaults by your abusive partner? Leaving your partner is one option. It that’s not possible for you right now, try to think of other steps you can take. You can’t control your partner’s behavior, but you can take steps to help prevent further injury – which is important if you have suffered a TBI.

Protecting your head from other injuries:

Protecting Your Recovery

If you know, or think, that you’ve suffered a TBI, you may want to avoid:

Protecting Your Equipment And Service Animal

If you use a voice recorder or timer, perhaps a friend or family member can keep extras for you, in case your partner takes them away or breaks them.

If you have a service animal, a friend or family member might be willing to take it to their house if you partner threatens to hurt it.

If you are leaving your partner, make a plan to take your service animal and assistive devices with you. Pack an emergency escape bag that includes (as needed):