DFV and Acquired Brain Injury
In 2017-2018 Domestic Violence Service Management undertook a project focused on the intersection of domestic and family violence and acquired brain injury. In July 2018 the project report was launched to a constellation of 84 attendees from 49 organisations. Subsequently the project report and related materials were hosted here on the DVSM website and remain here to support broader engagement and access for other colleagues, services and systems.
Read the joint letter (Feb 2021) from DVSM's General Manager and the Director of Insight Exchange about the release of 4 new responder resources now hosted below.
Engaging in the Project Report
The full Project Report and related resources are available, below.
- View and listen to the orientation of the Project Report (21 mins)
- Download the Project Report
- Read here how many individuals and organisations attended the project report launch.
- Download the Reflections Paper 2.1 – DVSM Sightlines DFV and ABI Intersection
Project Resources and Maps
The following resources and maps are an output of the Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Project. DVSM has shared these resources for the benefit of communities, services and systems. Read more about Using DVSM Resources.
Maps (these maps feature within the project report)
- Map 01: DFV/ABI Intersection – Responses and Service Pathways (Western Sydney)
- Map 02: Accessing the Forensic Medical Unit (FMU) after physical or sexual assault (Western Sydney)
- Map 03: Neurocognitive Changes after Physical Assaults – When and How to See a Neuropsychologist
- Map 04: Community Medical Responses to Neurocognitive Symptoms that could reflect Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
- Map 05: Emergency Medical Responses After Assaults Causing Head Injury or Strangulation (Western Sydney)
- Table 01: Immediate, Short Term and Long-Term Health Harms of Strangulation
- Learn how to make adapted Maps
Responder resources (these resources were released after the project report)
- DFV ABI Resource 01: DFV & ABI Summary
- DFV ABI Resource 02: DFV & Concussion/m-TBI (mild Traumatic Brain Injury)
- DFV ABI Resource 03: DFV & Strangulation
- DFV ABI Resource 04: DFV & Neurocognitive Difficulties
Other supporting Insight Exchange resources
- Read more about Follow My Lead including the short animation. Download Follow My Lead.
- Read more about My Safety Kit including the short animation. Download My Safety Kit.
- Read more about My Dignity – My body is mine. Download My Dignity – My body is mine.
To bring sustained focus to this intersection a small number of organisations have supported the release of the Domestic and Family Violence/Acquired Brain Injury Project Report to increase the likelihood of it being distributed and taken up more broadly across contexts, districts and states/territories.
The following organisations have supported the project report launch and progress on the intersection:
- Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)
- Women’s Health NSW
- Brain Injury Australia (National Peak)
- No to Violence (Peak Body)
- Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) (See Women’s Safety NSW)
- Domestic Violence NSW (Peak)
- Domestic Violence Service Management
Read here about what these seven organisations have been and will be doing to support improved awareness and response to the intersection of Domestic and Family Violence and Acquired Brain Injury.
Note: This group does not reflect every organisation who already does and can play an important role in driving change.