Governor signs Mosbrucker bill to help domestic violence victims recognize traumatic brain injury

A bill authored by Rep. Gina Mosbrucker that would provide information to domestic violence victims about the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

“Between 60 to 90 percent of domestic violence victims have a traumatic brain injury and most of them don’t know it. One in three people are the survivors of domestic violence, and many times these victims suffer blows to the head, inflicted by an intimate partner,” said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale. “This bill is to provide information so if they are suffering from this type of injury, they can get the help they need.”

Under House Bill 1532, the Department of Social and Health Services will work with the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council to develop a statewide website for domestic violence victims with information regarding TBI. An educational TBI handout will also be developed. The measure also seeks to increase law enforcement training to recognize the signs and symptoms of TBI and encourages officers responding to domestic violence incidents to inform victims of the website.

“Battered domestic violence survivors frequently do not recognize the severity of their injuries. If we can provide the educational tools needed, as this bill seeks to do, we can hopefully prevent victims from suffering permanent, irreversible brain damage,” added Mosbrucker.

The measure takes effect in late July. The 2019 legislative session is scheduled to end April 28.


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