Nov.17 – Characterizing Brain Injury in 2S/LGBTQIA+ Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence with Tori Stranges

Starting a Conversation with Tori Stranges

Head shot of Tori, smiling and wearing glasses. Background are leafy green trees.Thursday, Nov.17
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Arts 368 / Zoom 

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public and personal health epidemic. Statistics Canada (2011) and the World Health Organization (2021) note that one in three identifying-women experience IPV in their lifetime. IPV is defined as physical, sexual, emotional, financial, psychological or identity-based abuse perpetrated by a former or current intimate partner. Of the physical instances of IPV, a recent review reported that up to 92% of women reported symptoms consistent with brain injury (BI) (Zieman, et al., 2017). All research in the field of IPV-caused BI have strictly focused on heterosexual women, ignoring the unique needs of 2S/LGBTQIA+ community members. Previous research highlights people who identify as part of the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community are at heightened risk of experiencing intimate partner violence. However, no attention has been given to the rate and ways that BI affects 2S/LGBTQIA+ survivors accessing health care.

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(Photo credit: Graham J. Farquar)


Tori Stranges (she/her) is a PhD Student in the faculty of Health and Social Development at the University of British Columbia- Okanagan Campus. Tori’s research interests lay at the intersection of brain injury resulting from intimate partner violence in the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community. Tori recently moved to the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation where she continues to play an active role in her community advocating for social justice, connection and change. Tori is also a recipient of the 2022 ICER Graduate Research Award