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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Role of Domestic Violence, Traumatic Stress, and Brain Injury in Behavioral Health


Domestic violence is a traumatic experience that changes a person’s life forever. The coercion and control can have far reaching consequences, including having a significant impact on behavioral health through mental health and substance use coercion. And when relationships become physically violence, violence is often directed at the head, neck and face—through blows to the head or strangulation that can cause brain injuries. The traumatic, personal cause of this brain injury causes significant psychological and neurological trauma. It is rarely identified and almost never immediately treated, and results in short and long-term physical, emotional, and cognitive consequences that are often misattributed to behavioral health concerns. Brain injury can impact every area of a person’s life--including their ability to successfully access and participate in your agency's services. This session will introduce CARE, an innovative framework to address brain injury that includes practical, hands-on tools available to assist you in raising awareness on brain injury with survivors and within your organization.


  • Participants will learn at least three ways domestic violence can impact a survivor’s behavioral health.

  • Participants will identify at least three ways in domestic violence victims can acquire a head injury.  

  • Participants will learn how the CARE framework can help them educate on brain injury while assessing for and providing accommodations for potential brain injury.  

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person who requires a reasonable accomodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Victoria at

The Iowa Board of Certification has approved the training for 1.0 CEU of Counseling Theories & Techniques OR Special Populations.

Live ASL interpretation will be provided and Zoom captions will be enabled.  Other reasonable accommodations may be requested by contacting Victoria by emailing .

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance within 30 days of the webinar.

Date / Time
Wed, Sep 13, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm
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