The Sojourner Center Launches Program on Domestic Violence and TBI

A resident of Phoenix, Arizona, and the inventor of the board game President-Elect, Charles Kirkland also pursues his interest in solar energy as the CEO of Clean Energy Systems, LLC. Charles Kirkland further contributes to his community and the public by supporting a number of organizations, including the Sojourner Center, a Phoenix, Arizona-based organization that helps people impacted by domestic violence.

In a recent press release, the Sojourner Center announced plans to launch the Sojourner Brain Recovery and Inter-professional Neuroscience (BRAIN) Program to generate research on traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurrence, effects, and treatment across a domestic violence demographic. The program will be supported by numerous collaborating intuitions, including The CACTIS Foundation and Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Although TBI in women and children who experience domestic abuse is a largely unaddressed public health problem, the Sojourner Center cites a survey that found approximately 92 percent of women in a domestic violence shelter had sustained blows to the head and almost 80 percent of the women had taken blows to the head more than 20 times in the past year.

The Sojourner BRAIN Program will work to address this issue by facilitating TBI reporting, developing evidence-based best practices, and treating TBI patients. By implementing a TBI screening process for the shelter’s incoming residents, the Sojourner Center will be the first domestic violence center to methodically screen its residents for TBI using domestic violence-specific means.


The Sojourner Center’s Impact on Domestic Violence

Phoenix, Arizona, resident, Charles Kirkland developed the game President Elect, an engaging game of strategy and politics that has been used in Arizona and Nebraska schools. Also committed to serving his community, Charles Kirkland contributes to Saint Vincent DePaul and the Sojourner Center. He has assisted in providing low income and or affordable housing for abused women and their children.

Established in 1977, the Sojourner Center provides 24-hour support to domestic violence victims. The organization offers shelter, case management, child care, and a crisis line. The Sojourner Center has seen the following achievements since its inception.

1. As of 2014, the Sojourner Center has served 181,260 meals.

2. The group aided 1,015 citizens and families through its crisis hotline, which is available around the clock.

3. In 2003, the center opened a clinic that has provided care for 10,000 individuals.

4. Community advocates volunteered 14,801 hours to its cause since last year.

5. The Sojourner Center grew from a 28-bed home to 280 beds and 32 transitional apartments across three campuses.