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Brain injury in the context of domestic abuse

Too Many To Count

Brainkind reveals that 1 in 2 people who have experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales may be living with a brain injury. This compares to the prevalence of traumatic brain injury in the general population of the UK which is approximately 1 in 8.

Too Many To Count

Study into Brain Injury and Domestic Abuse

Too Many to Count is the first study in the United Kingdom to explore the prevalence of brain injury in domestic abuse survivors accessing community-based services. We spoke to 60 women 55% of whom screened positive for a history indicative of brain injury.

There is also a clear gap in national data and, therefore, national knowledge, as most published works have not focused on UK populations or prevalence.

Our research findings highlight the complexities faced by people who have experienced domestic abuse. These issues are compounded by our evidence that reveals 1 in 2 people who have experienced domestic abuse may be living with brain injury.

Our report recommendations focus on how we can work together to close the gaps in knowledge and practice around domestic abuse and brain injuries.

Stephanie Bechelet, Domestic Abuse and Brain Injury Researcher, Brainkind

Our key findings in the report include:

How we recruited participants

The women were recruited via organisations who are working with survivors of domestic abuse, to ensure all survivors had access to support with professionals they already knew and trusted.

We worked with: Aurora New Dawn; Choose Freedom; Safer Places Essex; Solace Women’s Aid; Southampton IDVA Service; The ANAH Project; The Brighton Refuge and Welsh Women’s Aid and the Sharon Bryan Consultancy Community Interest Company.  The participants were women between 18 and 72 years old and the average age was 36.

Participation in the research was voluntary, and the participants had to be over age of 18 with capacity to consent.


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