A Kelowna couple is learning the superiority of brain injuries in girls who've skilled violence from an intimate spouse.
Karen Mason is the manager director at Kelowna Women's Safe Haven and her spouse, Paul van Donkelaar, is the director in the College of Well Being and Exercise Sciences at UBC Okanagan, focusing on aggravating mind harm.
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"we do not have any type of formal review while women are available in to Kelowna Women's Safe Haven to appear for mind harm or concussion," Mason stated.
"But we see within the process many women's stay with us that they've further challenges," Mason said.
a lot of the ladies who come to the safe haven display indicators of depression, anxiety or submit demanding rigidity disorder as a results of trauma.
additionally they showed cognitive problems, prompting Mason to wonder if this was once the larger downside.
"i feel there are a host of girls in intimate partner violence situations who remember the fact that they've limits, surprise why they cannot accomplish a few of the things they would like to in shifting forward, and should not even recognize they have got suffered a brain damage," Mason mentioned.
"To have that confirmed and to know it, they can put a name on it, and move forward and get some treatment is a very big deal."
lots of the indications which can be found in patients with PTSD can overlap with the ones experienced after a concussion, van Donkelaar defined to First Light South host Chris Walker.
He compares this new observe to information found in military analysis, which looks into squaddies who were exposed to improvised explosive units.
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One problem they confronted is that in so much circumstances, there aren't any witnesses apart from the abuser and the victim.
The pair can be using a questionnaire evolved by a colleague at Harvard College discovering equivalent subjects to assess the mind function and symptoms of each player within the study. but it surely is based solely on the ladies's recollection of events.
The pair hopes to finish their research by way of next spring.
With files from the CBC's First Light South
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