Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Information for Professionals

Criminal Justice

Overview of the Issue

Special Cases

Head Injuries

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.

For more information on Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) please refer to OPDV’s Domestic Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury Information Guide.