The scars of domestic violence at once invisible—and often in prominent display. Some people in the business of making others look their best are donating their services to get rid of the broken faces and teeth of domestic violence survivors.
In California, Face Forward is a medical team that contributes pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children disfigured in domestic and gang violence. Call 310-657-2253 for more information.
Face to Face is a project of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. They work with domestic violence shelters to provide reconstructive surgery to the heads, faces and necks of victims who have reached a physically safe place and are beginning to move on with their lives. Call the toll-free number 1-800-842-4546 to get the ball rolling.
For men and women needing cosmetic dental work to repair the damage of violence, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry sponsors Give Back a Smile, a program that takes survivors that have been out of the violent relationship for at least a year (if less, you get put on a waiting list). The system isn’t totally freebie—after filling out the application—and paying a $20 application or putting in 10 hours of community work, you are eligible.