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Educating Staff and Conducting Screening Reveals High Incidence Of Brain Injury in Survivors of Domestic Violence

The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska, along with University of Nebraska’s Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior, provided training for staff at five domestic violence shelters in Nebraska on aspects of brain injury and on how to conduct the HELPS Brain Injury Screening Tool.

Altogether, 67 domestic violence shelter staff from five shelters received training about brain injury. 

Four of the five shelters used the HELPS Brain Injury Screening Tool. A total of 93 screenings were collected across the four sites. Of these, 56 or 60.2 percent screened positive for a potential TBI. This is not a diagnosis, but simply a screen.  

If the results from the brain injury screening process of this project are indicative of all women who are survivors of domestic violence and receiving shelter and services at domestic violence shelters (and there is no reason to assume that they are not), then there is a clear need for  services related to brain injury for survivors of domestic violence and for domestic violence shelter staff to have an understanding of the impacts of brain injury and the needs of those who have sustained a brain injury.

Shelter Staff were overwhelmingly positive about the impact of the training on their understanding of brain injury and their knowledge of the challenges facing individuals with brain injury.

This project was possible by a grant from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Health Promotion Unit; and the work of the BIA-NE with the UNL’s Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior.

See the Screening Results Below provided by Schmeeckle Research.