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August 14, 2018

For Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Overlooked Brain Injuries Take a Toll

JAMA. 2018;320(6):535-537. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.9051

If not for a group of domestic violence survivors, Glynnis Zieman, MD, might have pursued a career in neurooncology. “[After] a year of training in that, I switched paths,” says Zieman, a neurologist at the Barrow Neurological Institute’s Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix. Instead of devising treatment regimens for patients with brain tumors, she helps a largely overlooked population—people with brain injuries sustained at the hands of an intimate partner.

“Professionally, these are my favorite patients,” she says. Women, men, and children come to Barrow from all walks of life, with all kinds of head trauma. But Zieman says the care offered to homeless survivors of intimate partner violence is especially meaningful.