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Domestic Violence and Brain Injury, with Paula Walters

  • Broadcast in Health
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Paula Walters is the Founder and President of Standing Courageous, Inc. In her role, Paula has developed and leads the team that provides education and awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Drawing on her experience as a survivor of child abuse, domestic violence with strangulation and sexual assault, Paula specializes in educating about the psychology of an abuser and victim, the impacts of abuse, and the role individuals have in stopping the cycle of violence and aiding in a victim’s recovery. Paula has joined the State of Ohio Attorney Generals Homicide Prevention Team in training on domestic violence and non-fatal strangulation. Paula has been in the fire service and EMS since 1999. She became a Paramedic in 2003 after attending The Medical College of Ohio where she received the Clinical Excellence Award. She became an EMS instructor in 2009. Paula has worked in Ohio, North Carolina and Louisiana as a Paramedic in a variety of EMS and public service capacities.

Paula experienced a traumatic brain injury from being abused that was misdiagnosed for over a decade. She has had a long journey to finally being properly diagnosed. That journey included giving up being a first responder which she loves so much. She is passionate about using her life experiences to inspire others to triumph over trauma and tragedy.

She enjoys painting, poetry, and writing and is currently working on a book of her life, tentatively to be published late 2019. Residing in Toledo, Ohio, Paula enjoys volunteering as a CASA/GAL for abused and neglected children and being a mentor to survivors of abuse.

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