With stories of injured soldiers returning from service and professional athletes taking hard hits filling high-profile news outlets, the public is aware of the risks these individuals face of suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI); however, our Texas brain injury lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers point out there may be another group out there who is more at risk of suffering a TBI than veterans and athletes combined— the victims of domestic violence.

While there is currently no conclusive data as to the number of domestic violence victims who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, calculations show as many as 20 million women could suffer a violence-related TBI each year.

To bring into perspective just how common these injuries are, an article from The Huffington Post recently highlighted the stories of several women who had TBIs stemming from domestic violence. Many struggled to get the care they needed while still providing for their families by working and being present in the home.

There are many groups who are working to provide the data necessary to develop resources for victims of TBIs caused by domestic violence, but in the meantime, women must take action to protect themselves.

If you’re the victim of domestic violence, our Texas personal injury lawyers encourage you to reach out to local support services for assistance. Call law enforcement if you feel threatened and get to a place where you can live in safety and without fear.