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Traumatic Brain Injury Conference: Across the spectrum of interpersonal violence – Whanganui

March 17, 2023 at 3:20 PM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -


21 - 22 March 2024


Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Watt Street, Whanganui


Whanganui Family Violence Intervention Network alongside Brain Injury Whanganui


Call for expressions of interest (abstracts) open until 2 June 2023

The Conference organisers’ invite expressions of interest focused on the short and long-term outcomes/ identification, assessment, and diagnosis/ treatment and prevention of TBI’s across the spectrum of interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence, familial violence, violence against children and young people and community violence.

The organisers invite a range of contributions to the Conference and a diversity of methods and approaches, including panels, lived experience, discussion groups, workshops, and academic papers. They want to hear from the disabled community, Whaikaha Māori, and those with lived experience as well as practitioners, clinicians, policy makers, activists, academics, and researchers.

Possible topics include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries and intimate partner violence, facilitators, and barriers to seeking help.
  • Impacts of impact- repercussions of TBI’s caused by interpersonal violence.
  • Resilience and post-traumatic growth among survivors of intimate partner violence-related brain injury. How to support people/whānau who have to rebuild and restore healthy relationships with the survivors of TBI
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by interpersonal violence and the intersection with mental health and addictions.
  • Kaupapa Māori research and models- insights into prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of TBI’s caused by interpersonal violence.
  • The head as tapu- cultural assessments of traumatic brain injuries in Māori caused by interpersonal violence.
  • Traumatic brain injuries acquired by violence in institutions (prisons, mental health facilities) the long-term repercussions.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by Interpersonal Violence and the intersection with the Criminal Justice System.
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries caused by domestic violence and the links to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
  • Impacts of attitudes and behaviours of practitioners/medical staff towards traumatic brain injuries in survivors of interpersonal violence.
  • Identification, assessment, and diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries caused by Interpersonal Violence, guidelines for practitioners.
  • The causes and effects of Interpersonal violence and traumatic brain injuries in youth.
  • The Impact of traumatic brain injuries caused by familial violence on children’s learning, development, behaviour, and other outcomes in the short and/or long-term.
  • The risks of developing other medical conditions after traumatic brain injuries caused by interpersonal violence.
  • Understanding and supporting the impacts on the people in the lives of survivors of traumatic brain injuries caused by interpersonal violence.
  • Traumatic brain injuries caused by interpersonal violence and the complexities with the intersection of trauma.
  • Traumatic brain injuries and perpetration- how to support people with traumatic brain injuries who use violence.
  • - Strangulation, traumatic brain injury and sexual assault in the context of intimate partner violence.
  • Risk assessment and the signs, symptoms and dynamics associated with strangulation in the context of intimate partner violence. - Lived experience of surviving a traumatic brain injury caused by interpersonal violence.
  • Intimate partner violence and the role of Te Aorerekura in prevention of traumatic brain injuries.
  •  The role of colonisation in experiences of interpersonal violence and traumatic brain injuries in Māori. - Paramedic response and care of intimate partner violence and resulting traumatic brain injuries.
  • Intimate partner violence and traumatic brain injuries in the LGBTQIA+ communities and the intersection of stigma and discrimination in treatment and recovery.
  • The role of community-based support networks in the intervention and rehabilitation of survivors of traumatic brain injury caused by interpersonal violence.

Proposed expressions of interest should be no more than 500 words. Download guidelines (19 KB, Word DOCX)

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr Debbie Hager, Senior Tutor, School of Population Health, University of Auckland
  • Dr Alice Theodom, Registered Psychologist and Rutherford Discovery Fellow, and Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Network
  • Dr Eve Valera, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and a Research Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Dr Kim Gorgens, Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver
  • Dr Hinemoa Elder, Māori Strategic Leader for the Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) for the Ageing Brain based at University of Auckland.
  • Katherine Snedaker, CE and Founder of PINK Concussions.

Save the date. Registration details avialable later in 2023.

Contact Lorraine Sheenagh for more information, email: 


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