Overview of the Issue
It is critical to identify head injuries as they can result in concussions and death, particularly with the second blow. The signs of head injuries include: headaches, dizziness, depression, and difficulty remembering, concentrating, reading, writing, and performing tasks. Routinely ask every abuse victim “Were you hit on the head or slammed into a wall?” If she says yes, then DOCUMENT THE DETAILS.
- Did the abuser hit the victim with an object or fist? Did the abuser push the victim into another object?
- How many times did the abuser strike the victim’s head?
- Did the victim lose consciousness?
- How often does the abuser strike the victim about the head? How often do the abusers actions cause the victim to sustain injuries and/or pain about the head?
For more information on Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) please refer to OPDV’s Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury Information Guide.