Violence Against Women & Traumatic Brain Injury

This Forum presented emerging research on, and promising practices for, supporting self-identified women who have experienced intimate partner violence and/or sexual violence related traumatic brain injury.

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Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Location: Novotel, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation was available for the Forum, upon advance request.

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this knowledge exchange learned to:

  • Identify the neurophysiological and behavioural elements of IPV and SV related TBI
  • Recognize the challenges TBI creates for women navigating services and daily activities
  • Describe the relationship between TBI and the stress of violent experiences
  • Understand how intersecting oppressions impact IPV and SV related TBI
  • Describe barriers to recognizing and responding to IPV and SV related TBI
  • Identify promising strategies for recognizing and supporting women experiencing IPV and SV related TBI


  • Halina (Lin) Haag
    PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Vijaya Kantipuly 
    Concussion Support Group Facilitator, Ontario Brain Injury Association
  • Nneka MacGregor
    Executive Director, Women's Centre for Social Justice (WomenatthecentrE)
  • Dr. Flora Matheson
    Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Dr. Akosoa McFadgion
    Director, Howard University Interpersonal Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose
    Associate Professor, University of Regina
  • Dr. Eve Valera
    Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Laureen (Blu) Waters
    Elder, Peel Aboriginal Network
  • Ruth Wilcock
    Executive Director, Ontario Brain Injury Association