YWCA Campaign Sheds Light
on ‘Invisible’ Crisis
of Concussions & Domestic Violence
When we think of concussions, we think of sports. Over the past decade, athletes and advocates have helped us understand the seriousness of concussions, leading to more research, new safety protocols and standards for sports-related concussion treatment.
A new campaign launched by the YWCA Metro Vancouver, in partnership with former NHL player Trevor Linden, says it estimates that for every NHL concussion, thousands of women in Canada suffer the same injury because of intimate partner violence.
, CBC Radio,
It’s been five years since Rachel was violently abused and concussed by her ex-husband, but she still feels the effects of his assault today.
“The first 12 weeks were the worst, and then I had a relapse about six months later,” said Rachel, whose real name CBC is protecting for privacy and safety reasons.
“But at this point, I have some issues that are post-concussive syndrome that … don’t show any signs of improving,” she told The Current guest host Mark Kelley.
She says she has accommodations at work to help her through her day-to-day, special glasses to deal with light sensitivity, and was even able to see a neurologist to help her through recovery.
But while she’s grateful for the support, she wonders if earlier intervention would’ve helped her deal with her concussion better.