DePaul to host conference analyzing link between brain injury and domestic violence

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(DePaul University/ Jeff Carrion)
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, DePaul will host a conference where all members of the university community can learn about the links between brain injuries and domestic violence. The event is free, but registration is required and due Feb. 21.

Even in 2018, domestic violence continues to be an ongoing social epidemic linked to chronic mental, emotional, and physical health problems. Survivors report symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, substance use, and chronic physical ailments. To a greater extent, reports of concussion and traumatic brain injury surround us across media platforms. However, the link between the assaults of intimate partner violence and ensuing traumatic brain injury goes unnoticed.

Alone, these experiences can challenge activities of daily living for survivors, and together they can exacerbate physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. The challenge for victims to remove themselves from continued violence grows and symptoms worsen.

This conference will bring community agencies that service victims of domestic violence together with healthcare providers, faculty and students at DePaul and other universities, to discuss the links between brain injury and domestic violence and to learn about an approach using experiential media such as games and interactive narratives in working with survivors and families.

"The Intersection of Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence"
Thursday, Feb. 28
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Loop Campus DePaul Center, room 8002

For more information, please contact Dorothy Kozlowski.