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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 471–480 | Cite as

The Intersection of Intimate Partner Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury: A Call for Interdisciplinary Research

  • Gwen HunnicuttEmail author
  • Kristine Lundgren
  • Christine Murray
  • Loreen Olson
Original Article

Abstract

An emerging body of research suggests that survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) are at a high risk for sustaining traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, most scholars and practitioners working on the problem of IPV have not examined how TBI could be related to their familiar subject of study. Concomitantly, little work in the brain injury field has been done to examine TBI in the context of IPV. In this paper, we encourage cross-collaboration among these fields. To that end, we consider the relationship between IPV and TBI; the difficulty in detecting and measuring the IPV-related TBI and ethical concerns that may arise when addressing this issue. Our work emphasizes the need to recognize the complex interplay among psycho-physiological health and socio-cultural contexts. As such, we present a socio-ecological perspective of IPV-related TBI to provide a contextual framework to guide future interdisciplinary research. Finally, we outline directions for future research.

Keywords

Gender Domestic violence Public health Socio-ecological framework 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwen Hunnicutt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristine Lundgren
    • 2
  • Christine Murray
    • 3
  • Loreen Olson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Women’s & Gender StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  2. 2.Department of Communication Sciences and DisordersUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  3. 3.Department of Counseling and Educational DevelopmentUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA
  4. 4.Department of Communication StudiesUniversity of North Carolina GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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