The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation) has been implementing FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project since 1994 to offer individuals who have been affected by domestic violence the hope of wholeness by treating the facial injuries. For more than two decades, AAFPRS members have been volunteering to help victims of domestic abuse who cannot afford to receive treatment for facial injuries. These efforts have helped to repair both physical and psychological scars and to help individuals regain self-esteem and begin to rebuild their lives.
The AAFPRS Foundation is pleased to partner with Break the Silence Foundation (BTSF) in this endeavor. Break the Silence Foundation, founded in 2005, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with domestic violence victims and their families, through crisis intervention, advocacy, self-improvement, healthy relationship workshops, self-defense and workforce development.
Applicants to the AAFPRS and Break the Silence Foundation Program must meet minimum requirements and submit a completed application for consideration. Those requirements are:
1. The applicant must be a survivor of domestic violence from a spouse, intimate
partner, caregiver, sibling or parent.
a. Request for services from violent attacks, stranger assault, accident injury or
cosmetic surgery requests not related to domestic violence will be denied.
2. A survivor must have been out of the abusive relationship for a minimum of twelve
(12) months prior to submitting an application to BTSF.
3. All applicants must have had contact with a domestic violence advocate, social worker,
case manager, counselor, faith leader or therapist a minimum of (2) two times and
provide a letter of support from the individual or organization as part of the
4. The AAFPRS/BTSF Application must be completed in full and signed in all appropriate
areas to be consider for referral.
5. A survivor must sign the AAFPRS-BTSF Consent Form.
6. The application reviewer will have a phone conversation with the applicant to verify
the application information and confirm the above requirements.
7. The application reviewer may at his/her discretion contact the advocate, social
worker, case manager, counselor, faith leader or therapist to confirm the applicant’s
All applications will be reviewed and qualified by BTSF and approved applications will be submitted to the AAFPRS to match to one of our volunteer physicians. Once a physician is found, BTSF will notify the applicant and provide the contact information for the survivor to make an appointment for a consultation. The volunteer physician will outline what can and cannot be done for individual and let she/she know if there are any costs not covered by the program.
If you need assistance or have additional questions call our hotline at (800) 842-4546. A domestic violence advocate from Break the Silence Foundation will return your call as soon as possible.
to complete the AAFPRS/BTSF Application