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Battered and Brain Injured

Battered and Brain Injured: Identifying and Supporting Brain Injured Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Every year thousands of Canadian women experience intimate partner violence (IPV) potentially causing permanent traumatic brain injuries (TBI), a connection left largely unexplored. This pilot project explored the extent of TBI-specific knowledge in the Toronto IPV survivor support community, and began to bridge the divide between research and practice by developing a knowledge-to-practice network specific to this vulnerable population.  The study was carried out in collaboration with our community partners, the Women’s Centre for Social Justice (aka WomenatthecentrE).

Video (English)

We are grateful for all our partners who contributed to what we believe is the first workshop in Canada bringing the world of brain injury and intimate partner violence together. External funding was obtained from Women’s College Hospital and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Video (French)


This French translation was made possible by the Department of Justice Canada.


This video was made in participation with our generous partners.



Angela Colantonio, Halina Haag (Principal Investigators), Nneka MacGregor, Vivien Green, Dayna Jones, Tracey Joseph, Sandra Sokoloff, Shirley Broekstra, & Nora Cullen


Women’s College Hospital Women’s XChange $15K Challenge
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Women's College HospitalCanadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)