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. In short order, 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.
Wednesday, February 28 at 8:30am to 3:00pm
DePaul Center (DPC), 8002
1 E Jackson Blvd