October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Nebraska and throughout the U-S. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, more than car accidents, muggings and sexual assaults combined. Every nine seconds in the U-S, a woman is assaulted. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery continues to help women in their Face to Face program. Group President Dr. Tom Wang says they provide assistance to women who otherwise could not afford treatment to injuries to their head, face or neck.
Dr. Wang says those who suffer from physical scars or injuries to the head, face or neck and are interested in taking part in the program can call a toll-free number (800-842-4546). The caller will be screened to determine if their injuries are a result of domestic violence. They will also be given the name of a shelter or domestic violence program and will be offered counseling and other assistance to make sure the exit the abusive relationship.
There are more than 260 surgeons across the U-S who volunteer their time, energy and effort to help victims of domestic violence. They provide consultations and if necessary surgical treatment. The Face to Face program and volunteer surgeons have helped more than 2,500 women since established in 1994.