Call for greater funding to tackle role of brain injuries in domestic violence cases

May 25, 2015

Article published on ABC News by Jane Ryan 25 May 2015

An advocacy group is calling for budget funding for early intervention services for acquired brain injury, a condition which can lead to domestic violence.

Supplied Brain Injury Australia
Supplied Brain Injury Australia

The condition affects the frontal lobe and can cause limited patience as well as aggressive and violent behaviour.

The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania wants the State Government to provide early intervention services so the behaviour associated with acquired brain injury does not lead to domestic violence.

Conservative estimates suggest more than 20,000 Tasmanians are living with an acquired brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of Tasmania executive officer Deborah Byrne said early intervention could help thousands of Tasmanian families avoid violent situations.

“They may have a mild to moderate brain injury which then puts them at greater risk of perpetuating violence on a partner or a family member,” she said.

“You might have someone that has a lower tolerance to stress, is very impulsive, perhaps has some issues around controlling their temper as a result of their brain injury.”

Ms Byrne said brain injury as a cause of domestic violence needed greater consideration.

“I think that there isn’t enough understanding around some of those causal factors around domestic violence, we just tend to look at what happens and what happens to the woman in most cases afterwards,” she said.

“We don’t look at why it’s happening.”

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