Study on Intimate Partner Violence Related Brain Injury in the 2S/LGBTQIA+ Community


Study Team

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Paul van Donkelaar, Professor (UBCO Health and Exercise Sciences)
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Co- Investigators:
Ms. Tori Stranges, Graduate Student (UBCO Health and Exercise Sciences)
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Dr. Deana Simonetto, Assistant Professor (UBCO Irving. K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
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Study Purpose

You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to examine the lived experiences of Two- Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+ (2S/LGBTQIA+) survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV)- related brain injury (BI) to shed light on how survivors are managing the effects of brain injury’s on their daily lives and how they navigate getting emergency, medical and organizational support. The objectives of the research are to determine: 1. At what rate do 2S/LGBTQIA+ people experience IPV related BI? 2. What health or community care services are available for 2S/LGBTQIA+ survivors of IPV related BI? 3. How do 2S/LGBTQIA+ survivors of IPV related BI access health or community care? What factors play a role in accessing these services? 4. What health care services are needed to support 2S/LGBTQIA+ survivors of IPV related BI?


Study Procedure

This research study uses two methods: in-depth interviews and an online survey. Participants can choose to take part in one or both methods of the research. This consent form is for the online survey portion of the research.

If you agree to participate in this survey, it should last no longer than 20 minutes. Surveys will be done using UBC hosted Qualtrics with servers hosted in Canada. The survey will raise questions about demographic information including sexual orientation and gender identity as well as evaluate the types of intimate partner violence and presence of related brain injury in the 2S/LGBTQIA+ community.

A separate survey must be completed if you wish to be entered into the draw for the 25$ gift card and if you would like to receive a summary of the study’s results. This survey will include a skills question to determine eligibility as well as an email identifier.

Surveys will be conducted with approximately 100 self- identified 2S/LGBTQIA+ community members. As a part of this study survey data will be collected. Only Tori Stranges and her research team will have access to this data and information will be kept anonymized and confidential.

  • The data will not be used for any additional purposes without your additional permission.


Study Results

The results of this research may be published/presented in project reports, books, journal articles, and conference presentations. Additionally this work will be publicly available on the internet via cIRcle, the University of British Columbia’s digital repository for research and teaching materials.

An executive summary of the findings from this study will be available by December 2022.

  • You can request the executive summary by emailing [email protected] OR if you choose to provide your email address for this purpose at the end of the study, the executive summary will be emailed to you by December 2022.


Click here to learn more and/or take part.