Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence: A Review for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals

Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence: A Review for Criminal Justice, Forensic Mental Health, and Legal Professionals


1.25 Hour | 1.25 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence is presented by Dr. Jerrod Brown. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged by a blow or penetration from an external force. This could be the result of a range of events including a car accident, falling and hitting one’s head, or being violently shaken or punched. As such, it is unsurprising that intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common cause of TBI in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately, IPV often persists across time with multiple incidents, which only exacerbates TBIs. For instance, exposure to multiple TBIs prior to proper healing can result in worse symptoms and lengthier recovery times. These symptoms can include cognitive deficits (e.g., executive functioning and memory), mental health issues (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders), self-harm and suicide, substance abuse, education and employment issues, and a host of other challenges. To make matters worse, victims of IPV with TBI often go undiagnosed and do not receive adequate treatment. Even when properly diagnosed, research remains unclear on how treatment should be modified to account for the needs of these individuals. These shortcomings can likely be attributed, at least in part, to the fact that IPV-related TBI is not commonly addressed by advanced education and training programs.

To address this essential need, this training introduces attendees to the links between intimate partner violence (IPV) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) by focusing on six key training objectives. First, this training systematically defines the constructs of IPV and TBI with a thorough review of their symptoms and red flag indicators. Second, attendees learn about how IPV can result in TBI along with the short- and long-term consequences of these issues. Third, this training highlight screening and assessment techniques that have the potential to improve the identification of victims of IPV who may be suffering from TBI. For example, to prevent inaccurate diagnoses, any approaches must account for the individual needs of clients, which can often include memory issues when TBI is present. Fourth, attendees learn about techniques and strategies that are most suitable for treating clients with IPV- and TBI-related issues. This may include incorporating a TBI-informed approach to treatment in domestic violence shelters. Fifth, this training explores the potential consequences of IPV and TBI across different professional settings (e.g., human services, mental health, and criminal justice) when not properly identified and treated. Sixth, this training concludes with a discussion of the existing research in the area and the identification of future directions for research. In combination, advanced training in these areas has the potential to break the cycle of violence for these victims of IPV and improve their short- and long-term outcomes.

Webinar Outline
This webinar covers the basics of Traumatic Brain Injury and Intimate Partner Violence.

  • Links between IPV and TBI
  • Techniques and Strategies for treatment
  • Future direction for research

Intended Audience
This webinar is relevant for mental health professionals and legal professionals who want to understand traumatic brain injury and intimate partner violence including those working in forensic, clinical, criminal justice, health care, social service, and educational settings. This webinar is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level professionals.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:


  • Describe a basic understanding of intimate partner violence (IPV) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Describe how and why IPV can result in TBI
  • Describe improved screening and assessment techniques intended to improve the identification of clients with IPV- and TBI-related issues
  • Describe techniques and strategies for treating clients with IPV- and TBI-related issues
  • Describe the consequences of IPV and TBI across different professional settings (e.g., human services, mental health, and criminal justice)
  • Describe existing research literature on IPV and TBI with a focused discussion of future directions for research


About Jerrod Brown

Jerrod Brown, Ph.D., is the Treatment Director for Pathways Counseling Center, Inc. Pathways provides programs and services benefiting individuals impacted by mental illness and addictions. Jerrod is also the lead developer of an online Master of Arts degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Forensic Behavioral Health from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota, the founder and CEO of the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), and the Editor-in-Chief of Forensic Scholars Today (FST) and the Journal of Special Populations (JSP). Jerrod has completed four separate master’s degree programs and holds graduate certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD), and Traumatic-Brain Injuries (TBI). Jerrod is certified as a Youth Firesetter Prevention/Intervention Specialist, Thinking for a Change (T4C) Facilitator, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trainer, and a Problem Gambling Treatment Provider.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is an online Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the webinar quiz and evaluation for this Distance Learning Recorded Webinar. No partial credit is available. For this webinar, you will need to pass the webinar quiz with 70% correct and complete a webinar evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 1.25 CE hour for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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