The intersection between domestic violence, TBI and the military is an issue of growing concern due to the increase in the number of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As many as 20% of US combat troops leaving these war zones are affected by traumatic brain injury (RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, 2008). For additional information on the connection between domestic violence, TBI and the military, please see our Special Collection: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and the Military: Working across disciplines. This collection examines co-occurring issues experienced by veterans (PTSD, TBI, MST) and provides information related to best practices when addressing these co-occurring issues through a multi-systems approach. Challenges experienced by female service members and veterans are explored through the lens of violence against women.
Share your experience with addressing the complexity that combat-related PTSD or TBI bring to domestic violence cases in our news blog: "How Can I Best Respond To Victims Of Domestic Violence Whose Partners Struggle With Combat-Related PTSD Or TBI?"
Issues affecting female veterans: Although significant gaps remain in our understanding of how domestic violence-related TBI affect women veterans, were are including the following article to highlight some of the overall issues affecting women veterans. This section of the collection is expected to continue growing as more information becomes available. However, based on the information contained in this article alone, it appears that for female veterans the challenges can be compounded by societal perceptions and stigma.