Domestic violence is a problem that crosses all socio-economic, racial and ethnic boundaries. Once a woman is battered, she may bear the scars of her abuser for life. Now, there's a program that helps erase those physical and perhaps emotional scars as well.
A program sponsored by the Coaltion Against Domestic Violence and the American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery called Face to Face takes a comprehensive approach to erasing both the emotional and physical scars of an abusive relationship.
Doctors say patients will spend at least a year in counseling helping extricate themselves from the abusive relationship. It's only after they've been out of the relationship for that amount of time when doctors address the surgical needs.
Doctors hope surgery will further restore faith and hope in other people as well as the patients'.
All of the work, counseling, surgery and hospital stay is donated by the participating doctors and medical centers.
Face to Face is a national program. For more information, call 1-800-842-4546.
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Source: http://www.ndvh.org/ndvh2.html ( National Domestic Violence Hotline Web Site)