The National Domestic Violence Project offers individuals who have been affected by domestic violence the hope of wholeness by treating the facial injuries.
AAFPRS members volunteer to help victims of domestic abuse who cannot afford to receive treatment for facial injuries. These efforts repair both physical and psychological scars and help individuals to regain self-esteem and begin to rebuild their lives.
Faces In Our Midst
The AAFPRS Foundation is the first surgical group (1994) to take a firm stand and become involved in assisting individuals of domestic violence break the cycle of violence, enhance their self-esteem and rebuild their lives. Many victims of domestic violence receive facial injuries and are not financially able to have these injuries adequately repaired. We offer consultation and surgery, pro-bono, to eligible individuals through FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project.
The Foundation has a partnership with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). NCADV and the Foundation began their partnership in 1994 with the creation of the Cosmetic & Reconstructive Support program CRS. NCADV is the voice of victims and survivors. NCADV is the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. This mission is done by:
- Affecting public policy,
- Increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and
- Providing programs and education that drive that change.
In addition, the American Medical Association has enthusiastically endorsed our program.
The AAFPRS is a leader in the medical field by helping empower individuals who have been physically abused. The epidemic of domestic violence is vast. Every day, the AAFPRS works hand-in-hand with domestic violence programs making sure that the individual is helped emotionally, then physically – hopefully, eliminating the painful memories of the abuse. Healing must occur within before any procedures can take place.
Domestic violence survivors should go to the NCADV website, http://ncadv.org/learn-more/get-help/cosmetic-support to learn more about eligibility requirements or to complete an application for assistance to FACE TO FACE.
For additional information you can call The National Domestic Violence Project
Toll-free number 1-800-842-4546
Contact Karen Sloat (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are an AAFPRS Member who would like to volunteer in the FACE To FACE Domestic Violence Project (or if you are a facial plastic surgeon who would like to join the AAFPRS and participate).