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Prosem Lecture: Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence

October 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presenter: Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A), Assistant Dean, SLP Program & Professor, McMaster University
Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence

Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A)
Lyn Turkstra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD(A)

Brain injury as a result of intimate partner violence (IPV) has garnered international attention in recent years, with governmental reports, media headlines, calls to increase awareness, and a flurry of research studies. Widespread public attention is recent, but the problem is not new: domestic violence has been linked to brain damage since biblical times. Even Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant reformation, said that when his wife “gets saucy, she gets nothing but a box on the ears”. We just haven’t talked about it. In 2000, a group of British physicians coined the term “Shaken Adult Syndrome” to describe brain damage from domestic violence, and called for “Early detection and documentation of injuries consistent with domestic violence”. The study was reported widely in the press at that time, but almost 20 years later most healthcare providers still do not systematically screen IPV survivors for brain injury. The aim of this talk is to raise awareness about IPV-related brain injury, and motivate SLPs and Audiologists to get involved in advocacy, detection, and intervention to support IPV survivors.

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October 19, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Online: Zoom