Break the Silence Foundation (BTSF), a non-profit organization that assists domestic abuse survivors through the journey of recovery, and Face to Face, a humanitarian program that provides facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for domestic violence survivors are joining forces to help heal domestic violence survivors’ external and internal selves, empowering them to lead successful, happy lives, free from toxic violence and abuse.
“We are excited to continue our work and broaden our impact with this new partnership with BTSF,” says Manoj T. Abraham, M.D., chair of Face to Face. “October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, making this the perfect time to draw much needed attention to our life-changing mission.”
Face to Face offers pro bono facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to repair injuries of the face, head, and neck caused by an intimate partner or spouse to address the outward scars that remain a lingering reminder of past trauma. The foundation has helped 1,000 women since its inception in 1994.
Break the Silence Foundation provides full support, domestic violence counseling, and a series of workshops designed to help participants end the cycle of abuse. Through the programs, BTSF educates and prepares members on how to have future healthy relationships and gives them tools for self-improvement, as well as guidance on how to avoid falling into future abusive relationships.
Face to Face and Break the Silence Foundation will work together to screen candidates, review applications, and assign a participating volunteer facial plastic surgeon to eligible candidates.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), announced the partnership and the 2019 AAFPRS Annual Meeting.“The modern goal for facial plastic surgery is refreshingly natural,” says Dr. Phillip R. Langsdon, M.D., AAFPRS president. “It is our hope that by helping improve the visible evidence of the suffering these domestic violence survivors have endured, we can help them heal and return to their families, work and communities.”
To apply to the program, visit the FTF Domestic Violence website.