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In January 2020, with support from the Victoria Foundation, The Cridge Centre for the Family began providing individualized support to survivors of intimate partner violence with brain injuries. Since that time, we have continued to expand the program as funding allows.
The type of support required varies from person to person, but the central focus is to provide trauma-informed skills, knowledge and support to women to manage their health and wellness and improve their access to health services and community supports. The effects of trauma coupled with cognitive impairment and often physical limitations usually requires regular touch base supports, which are a form of long term support that can be reduced over time or in times of stability and increased when need is high or particularly stressful (i.e. tax time, applying for government programs, legal matters, new employment). The women are matched with a support worker and together they address the following service opportunities.
Each client develops a support plan, including daily living activities and systems such as:
- Navigating medical needs
- Mindfulness and anxiety management
- Fatigue management
- Trauma-informed support and counselling to promote healing
- Creating and implementing a safety plan
- Supporting secure, safe housing
- Assisting in navigating the legal system (i.e. Protection orders, custody, separation agreements)
- Physiotherapy assessment and routine exercises/stretches (i.e. pain management)
- Improving organizational skills by developing strategies for completing tasks and managing time
- Securing ongoing counselling for client and client’s children
- Parenting support and resources
- Being able to articulate BI challenges to the community
- Memory compensatory strategies
- Exploring education and employment options (i.e. loans, grants, applications)
A central issue for women whose brain injuries result from intimate partner violence is receiving a diagnosis, as without this diagnosis they are not able to access brain injury supports in the community. Screening for a brain injury and supporting the woman through the medical system is often one of the first tasks to be completed.
While the cost of providing one-on-one, individualized services may seem high, the cost of not providing these services is far higher. A 2008 study of homeless people with substance abuse and mental health issues in British Columbia found that the average cost of services for a person living on the streets as over $55,000 per year – a cost which has only increased since 2008 and is dramatically higher than the cost of support services. These costs may more than triple when hospitalizations or incarceration are factored in. The life-changing effects of consistent, non-judgmental and ongoing support cannot be underestimated.
For more information about IPV related BI and The Cridge initiatives, please contact Tori Dach at firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-430-0730
We are grateful for the Vancouver Foundation and the Victoria Foundation (Marymax Fund, Martin and Diana Hocking Fund and Elizabeth Russ Fund) and their support of our work in the area of intimate partner violence and brain injury.
Thanks to the Victoria Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (Fund for Gender Equality) for supporting our new program of Intimate Partner Violence-related Brain Injury. This funding will enable us to provide relevant training to medical professionals in the CRD.
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The Cridge Centre for the Family
1307 Hillside Avenue,
Victoria, B.C. Canada V8T 0A2