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.