Invisible Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury, Strangulation and Domestic Violence

Title: Invisible Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury, Strangulation and Domestic Violence

Date/Time: Monday, April 20th, 2020 – 10:00 AM- 11:30 AM Pacific/1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Eastern

Webinar recording: TBI and IPV Webinar Recording

Webinar materials:

Invisible Injuries: Traumatic Brain Injury, Strangulation and DV Presentation Slides (PDF)

Domestic Violence Report – TBI/Strangulation (PDF)

Brain Injury Common in Domestic Violence – YouTube Link: OSU video shown during webinar

Has Your Head Been Hurt? CHATS Resource (English PDF) – Including the Advocate Guide for CHATS

Invisible Injuries Booklet (English – PDF)

Just Breathe – Mindfulness Booklet (English PDF)

Head Injury Education Card (English -PDF) and Head Injury Education Card (Spanish – PDF coming soon!)


In observance of Brain Injury Awareness Month, attend this webinar to learn about the complex relationship between domestic violence, traumatic brain injury, and strangulation and how domestic violence organizations and health care providers are beginning to incorporate this awareness into their services. The webinar will frame what we are learning about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and strangulation from Ohio research, discuss signs and symptoms of brain injury, and share the CARE framework developed in Ohio to better accommodate the needs of DV programs.  We will hear about how one health care system in Chicago is beginning to map out care pathways and explore models for educating and healing domestic violence and sexual assault survivors who have experienced head injury and strangulation.  We will also talk about larger collaboration around the country aimed at future research and practice directions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand that traumatic brain injury and strangulation are critical health concerns for domestic violence survivors and how current diagnosis and treatment models used for athletes and the military must be adapted to better serve survivors.
  1. Explore approaches and stages of care that survivors may encounter in different health care settings – such as emergency department, primary care, neurology, rehabilitative services, mental health.
  1. Learn about accommodations that service providers in order to make their services more accessible to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury.
  1. Learn about screening, identification, assessment, and education tools that can be used with survivors and staff in domestic violence organizations and health care settings.

This live event was CME eligible for MDs/DOs/Physicians. Certificates are only available to those who participated in the live event. We do not distribute certificates for viewing the recording of the event.


Kate Lawler: Director of the Violence Prevention Program, Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation
Kate oversees the overall administration of the program, including supporting survivors, working with partner organizations, training and education, policy development, grants administration, data tracking and analysis, community outreach and representation of Swedish on several city-wide task forces. Kate has over 20 years’ experience working with women in health care settings, and non-profits, and has overseen the VPP since its inception, 5 years ago.

Rachel Ramirez, LISW-S, Founder and Director, The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury is dedicated to raising awareness on the intersection of domestic violence, strangulation, and traumatic brain injury and equipping researchers and service providers to better understand and respond to this complex issue. Rachel has been with ODVN for 13 years and has multiple initiatives on trauma-informed approaches and best practices for domestic violence programs. She has trained hundreds of audiences and co-authored Trauma-Informed Approaches: Promising Practices and Protocols for Ohio’s Domestic Violence Programs, as well as articles in the Journal of Family Violence and the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. Rachel is a licensed independent social worker and is a registered advocate with senior standing in Ohio.

Questions? Please contact Health Team Staff, use “TBI Webinar” in your subject line: 

Futures Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physician – MDs and DOs. Futures Without Violence designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the live activity.