The Hidden and Unrecognized Side of Violence: Traumatic Brain Injuries

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90 Minutes

Originally Aired
July 18, 2024

Christina Yannetsos
Christina Yannetsos
Forensic Nursing Program Medical Director
Emergency Medicine Attending Physician University of Colorado School of Medicine
Christine Foote-Lucero
Christine Foote-Lucero
Forensic Nurse Program Manager
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an alteration in brain function caused by an external force. Previous literature among populations affected by interpersonal violence demonstrates associations between TBI with physical health conditions and mood disorders. There are also associations with long term health complications such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, suicidality, and cognitive impairments. It is imperative that medical professionals screen for and identify TBI in patients affected by violence.

In this webinar, we will discuss a modified Acute Concussion Evaluation tool utilized in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Clinic to support TBI diagnosis. This tool can also be utilized to demonstrate ongoing protracted impairment of brain function by nonmedical personnel such as law enforcement and prosecutors to enhance justification for charging perpetrators in an effort to improve legal justice for victims. Often, post-traumatic stress symptoms can overlap with TBI symptoms and are left undiagnosed. TBI identification at the earliest point of contact will assist in avoiding repetitive trauma to the brain and help improve long term outcomes of survivors.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Define TBI and recognize the prevalence among victims of violence.
  • Identify TBI symptoms and overlapping symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of interpersonal violence.
  • Discuss a tool used to screen for TBI.
  • Apply TBI tool and diagnosis in legal proceedings to improve legal justice.


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