On October 25, our own Pam Hallman was been chosen to represent domestic violence and brain injury survivors across the country in front of the U.S. Congressional Brain Injury Task Force at a briefing, titled “The Silent Epidemic in America – Brain Injury and Domestic Violence,” in Washington D.C.
The briefing explored the correlation between domestic violence and brain injury and discussed the unique challenges in addressing brain injury in domestic violence cases. Pam was joined by Dr. Javier Cárdenas, Director of the Barrow concussion and Brain Injury Center; Dr. Valerie Maholmes, Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Anne McDonnell, the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, as speakers at the briefing, with BIAA President/CEO Susan Connors moderating.
As both a brain injury and domestic violence survivor, and with years of experience speaking on the topic, Pam undoubtedly left a lasting impression on the task force and all present for her testimony. We applaud Pam for her bravery and for sharing her story in the hopes that it brings about meaningful changes in the lives of current and future survivors of domestic violence.