In contemporary society, there’s an emerging and frightening realization that repeated concussions have a devastating effect on men and women in uniform and participants in contact sports. What has largely escaped notice is the silent epidemic of TBI in women and children who are victims of domestic violence (DV). Domestic violence is a public health epidemic and a private nightmare for millions of women, children and families. Considering that 1 in 4 American women have experienced severe violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, we are long overdue for a serious national conversation.
Over 90 percent of DV survivors have suffered single or repeated TBIs, most of which go unreported due to fear of partner retaliation and inaccessible medical care. While the visible scars and bruises often heal, the invisible scars and bruises on the brain do not. Repeated TBI in DV survivors, just like in athletes or military personnel, can not only diminish a person’s long-term potential, but also impact every aspect of their lives and in some cases, lead to devastating neurological diseases.
This Hits Home introduces audience members to fearless survivors, grassroots workers acting to end DV and leading neurologists. Together, they unearth the intersection of TBI and DV, but more importantly, tell a compelling story of science, sorrow and strength.
The Scotia Entertainment documentary will air on national television and be available on digital streaming services.