The high frequency of NFL concussions has garnered a lot of attention in the media. However, many people are unaware that this is also a problem that plagues domestic abuse victims. A new study conducted by a hospital in Phoenix has found that domestic abuse victims suffer similar symptoms to those of NFL players.
According to researchers, head trauma can leave survivors so impaired that they cannot manage their lives and jobs, and some even end up homeless. Memory loss, seizures, and headaches are common symptoms of head trauma and concussion injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from even a single, sudden blow to the head. The symptoms can be devastating, and the more assaults someone suffers the greater their chances are for suffering permanent neurological damage.
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-fourth of women in the United States and 14 percent of men have experienced severe physical assaults from a domestic partner, including hitting, punching, being slammed against a hard surface, or being pushed down the stairs. Studies have shown that 60 percent of domestic abuse victims have suffered head or neck injuries.
Social Stigmas Surrounding Abuse Persist
Sadly, the plight of domestic violence victims suffering from concussions has not received the attention it deserves due to a multitude of factors. Victims do not always seek immediate medical attention, and when they do, they often do not disclose the actual reason for their injuries. Furthermore, sometimes they do not seek help until the symptoms have been persisting and escalating over a long period of time. When they finally pursue medical intervention, their treatment providers are unable to connect the injury with the cause.
According to researchers at the Barrow Institute in Phoenix, the women who have survived violent head trauma are generally unaware that there are therapies and medications available to help them. Knowing that they can take back control can have a very powerful effect on these women.
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