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Invisible Epidemic: Strangulation, Traumatic Brain Injury and Domestic Violence

Total Credits: 2 including 2 APA Credit, 2 California Board of Registered Nurses

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Rachel Ramirez, MSW, LISW-S, RA
Course Levels:
2 Hours
Access for 6 month(s) after program date.



Domestic violence victims experience terrible and traumatic physical violence --often directed at the head, neck and face --through blows to the head or strangulation. We are just discovering how that violence impacts the brain. Brain injury caused by domestic violence is rarely identified and almost never immediately treated, and results in short and long term physical, emotional, and cognitive consequences that 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 provide an overview of what we learned in Ohio about the intersection of brain injury and domestic violence, and equip you to use an innovative framework to address brain injury developed by the Ohio Domestic Violence Network in partnership with The Ohio State University called CARE that includes practical, hands on tools available for you to use.


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Rachel Ramirez, MSW, RASS, is the Founder and Director of The Center on Partner-Inflicted Brain Injury, a project of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN). Over the past 15 years at ODVN, Rachel has led multiple statewide initiatives and trained hundreds of audiences. She co-authored Trauma-Informed Approaches: Promising Practices and Protocols for Ohio's Domestic Violence Programs, ODVN's evidence-based CARE brain injury tools, and several peer-reviewed journal articles. Her focus is on equipping professionals who work with domestic violence survivors to better understand traumatic stress and the impact of brain injury, resulting in more effective survivor-centered services.

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