The National Domestic Violence Project


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.

I just want to say thank you so so much for giving me this opportunity. Thanks to you, I no longer have to look in the mirror and hate what I see. It will no longer be an insecurity, or a reminder of the past. I’m so so very happy and I’m so blessed and thankful for you guys and this whole process. Thank you so much again for this life changing experience. I will forever be grateful.
— Scarlet

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,  or therapist a minimum of (2) two times and
        provide a letter of support from the individual or organization as part of the
        application process.
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.

Click Here to complete the AAFPRS/BTSF Application

If you need assistance or have additional questions call our hotline at (800) 257-4766. A domestic violence advocate from Break the Silence Foundation will return your call as soon as possible.
If you are an active AAFPRS Member and would like to volunteer in the FACE TO FACE Faces of Honor Program, please contact Karen Sloat at 

Disclaimer: The AAFPRS Foundation does not provide medical and/or surgical care and does not enter into a physician/patient relationship with anyone. Not all AAFPRS members perform all procedures included in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The AAFPRS Foundation makes no warranties or representations about the skills of individual physicians or surgeons or their abilities. Inclusion of a surgeon as a volunteer for this program does not indicate that the surgeon is qualified to perform the surgery needed. The AAFPRS Foundation does not provide medical advice, and no one should rely on statements made by the AAFPRS Foundation in this reference as providing such advice. Patients should rely exclusively on their physicians and surgeons for such advice.