October 14, 2015
The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) invites you to join us in a panel discussion on
This event features panel members:
Award Winning Journalist - Ginger Gorman
SHE (Support, Help, Empowerment) CEO - Alina Thomas
Clinical Neuropsychologist - Janine Martin
Specialist Family Violence Prosecutor - Liz Avery.
Time - 6:00pm
Date - 3rd November 2015
Venue - 83 Melville Street, Hobart
RSVP to - (03) 6230 9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th October
More than 90% of all injuries secondary to domestic violence occur to the head, neck or face region. Victims of domestic violence often report being slammed against a wall, or shaken repeatedly, being directly knocked in the head, and sometimes falling unconscious for a few seconds (or longer).
Traumatic brain injury however often goes undiagnosed amongst family violence survivors. This can have a ‘knock-on’ effect in terms of victims going on to become perpetrators.
It is relatively easy to focus on brain injury as a consequence of family violence, but significantly more difficult to consider brain injury as a cause of family violence. This important yet little understood problem will be discussed by panel members, with audience members invited to ask questions.
Whilst relevant to a broad range of stakeholders, the panel is aimed at raising awareness about this issue for people working in the family violence area and intersecting services i.e. mental health, disability, criminal justice.
Ginger Gorman is a multi award-winning social justice journalist and a 2006 World Press Institute Fellow. This year Ginger has embarked on a five-month long journalistic investigation into brain injury as a cause and consequence of domestic violence. She has written two major articles on this topic for news.com.au and the first of those stories, “'Oh my God. What has he done?” has been short listed for a United Nations Association of Australia Peace Media Award.
Ginger’s second story - “The surprisingly common reason John hits his partner” – published on the 14th of October saw a readership of over 2000 people per minute and attracted 100 comments on its first day.
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