The complexities of TBI following domestic violence: effects on injury pathology, cognition and mood

Written by Sarah C Hellewell (University of Sydney, Australia)

The World Health Organization estimates that one in three women will experience violence at the hands of a domestic partner in their lifetime [1]. Despite this, domestic violence remains an under-reported and under-studied cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI), with complex barriers to diagnosis and post-injury management. Whether subconcussive, mild or severe, the pathology arising from this type of head injury has consequences for cellular function and inflammation, which are often heightened due to the frequently repeated nature of injury. TBI arising from domestic violence is also likely to occur in a setting of fear for personal safety alongside new...

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