October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month



Alexandria, VA (October 3, 2012) – Every nine seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted. In fact, domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.1 The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) continues to set precedent in the medical community as the first surgical group to take a stand with its landmark humanitarian initiative, FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project.

Through this program, AAFPRS members, who are specially trained in surgery of the head, neck, and face, provide pro-bono facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to individuals who could not otherwise afford treatment for their injuries in these areas.  Since the program’s founding in 1994, the AAFPRS estimates more than 2,500 women have been helped through FACE TO FACE.

“Over one million women a year will require medical attention after being a victim of domestic violence,”2 said Dr. Robert M. Kellman, president of the AAFPRS. “I am proud to be involved with a group that has a hand in helping women to rebuild their lives through necessary medical support that is available through the humanitarian efforts of the AAFPRS.”

AAFPRS surgeons, as well as nurses and anesthesiologists, are involved in the program – all of whom donate their time and unparalleled level of expertise to treat one face at a time, one person at a time.

In 1994, the AAFPRS sought advice from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)—the umbrella group for the majority of safe homes and shelters in the U.S.— in order to develop FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project. The AAFPRS and NCADV offer a 24-hour toll-free number (1-800-842-4546) for individuals who have sustained physical scars or injuries to the head, face or neck as a result of domestic violence.  During the initial conversation, callers are screened to determine if their injuries are a result of domestic violence, if they are out of the abusive relationship and to obtain a brief description of the injuries sustained.

Founded in 1992, FACE TO FACE International is a humanitarian and educational surgical exchange program sponsored by the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS).  Along with providing medical assistance to those affected by domestic violence in the United States, AAFPRS’ FACE TO FACE participants travel the world to provide complimentary care for those afflicted by facial deformities sustained at birth or by disease or war.  In addition, AAFPRS members share their knowledge and the latest techniques in facial plastic surgery with their international colleagues. To date, it is estimated that FACE TO FACE volunteers have helped approximately 3,500 people worldwide. For more information visit the FACE TO FACE website, www.facetofacesurgery.org

About the AAFPRS:
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. In addition, the AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in their area by visiting the AAFPRS website, www.facemd.org.

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1. Domestic Violence Statistics. Available at http://domesticviolencestatistics.org/domestic-violence-statistics/. Accessed 9/27/11.
2. Available at http://www.aafprs.org/patient/humanitarian/pa_ffviolence.html