Discussion Panel 2015

October 14, 2015

The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) invites you to join us in a panel discussion on "The intersection between brain injury and family violence". This event features panel members: Award Winning Journalist - Ginger Gorman, SHE (Support, Help, Empowerment) CEO - Alina Thomas, Clinical Neuropsychologist - Janine Martin and Specialist Family Violence Prosecutor - Liz Avery. This event will be on the 3rd November, 2015, at 83 Melville Street, Hobart, from 6:00pm.

You're Invited!

The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania (BIAT) invites you to join us in a panel discussion on

"The intersection between brain injury and family violence"

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. 

Event details:

Time - 6:00pm

Date - 3rd November 2015

Venue - 83 Melville Street, Hobart

RSVP to - (03) 6230 9800 or enquiries@biat.org.au by 30th October

Event Rationale

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.

About Ginger Gorman

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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