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Advocates say lasting 'invisible' injuries
often go unrecognized
Domestic violence survivors commonly suffer repeated blows to the head and strangulation, trauma that has lasting effects that should be widely recognized by advocates, health care providers, law enforcement and others who are in a position to help, according to the authors of a new study.

In the first community-based study of its kind, researchers from The Ohio State University and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network found that 81 percent of women who have been abused at the hands of their partners and seek help have suffered a head injury and 83 percent have been strangled.

The research suggests that brain injury caused by blows to the head and by oxygen deprivation are likely ongoing health issues for many domestic violence survivors. Because of poor recognition of these lasting harms, some interactions between advocates and women suffering from the effects of these unidentified injuries were likely misguided, said the authors of the study, which appears in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

"One in three women in the United States has experienced intimate partner violence. What we found leads us to believe that many people are walking around with undiagnosed brain injury, and we have to address that," said lead researcher Julianna Nemeth, an assistant professor of health behavior and health promotion at Ohio State.

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Junior welterweight Maxim Dadashev died Tuesday morning as a result of brain injuries he suffered during an 11th-round knockout loss to Subriel Matias on Friday at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Dadashev was 28.

Donatas Janusevicius -- Dadashev's strength and conditioning coach -- and trainer Buddy McGirt confirmed Dadashev's death. Janusevicius had been with Dadashev at UM Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland, since he was taken there after the fight.

"It just makes you realize what type of sport we're in, man," McGirt told ESPN. "He did everything right in training -- no problems, no nothing. My mind is, like, really running crazy right now. Like, what could I have done differently? But at the end of the day, everything was fine [in training].

"He seemed OK. He was ready. But it's the sport that we're in. It just takes one punch, man."

A hospital spokeswoman issued a statement on behalf of Dadashev's widow, Elizaveta Apushkina, who made her way from Russia to the hospital in the Washington, D.C., suburbs Monday night.

"It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of my husband, Maxim Dadashev," she said. "He was a very kind person who fought until the very end. Our son will continue be raised to be a great man like his father. Lastly, I would like to thank everyone that cared for Maxim during his final days. I ask that everyone please respect our privacy during this very difficult time."

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The change comes after years of lobbying by advocates
like Heather Matty, who works at the 
Antoinette Hunter suffered a stroke three years ago that damaged her brain, impaired her mobility and left her unable to take care of herself.
She’s spent a good portion of every day since lying in bed in an Overland Park nursing home.

“I’m ready to go home,” Hunter, 55, said last week. “I’m ready to get out of here. I think three years is a very long time.”

Hunter, who is on Medicaid, couldn’t get the rehabilitation services she needs because of a quirk in Kansas law: Only people who have a traumatic brain injury — from a blow to the head — qualify. People like Hunter with an “acquired brain injury” due to internal forces like strokes, tumors or asthma attacks were not eligible.

If they couldn’t pay out of pocket for in-home supports and rehab, they would either have to rely on family members to take care of them or end up in a nursing home like Hunter. 

That’s about to change.

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Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

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5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Despair is a narcotic.
It lulls the mind into indifference."

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