Domestic violence victims in Iowa who have serious injuries to their face, head or neck may be able to get help through a program called Face to Face. Dr. Tom Wang is president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which offers services to victims who can’t afford treatment.
“We can help these survivors get back on their feet, get their life back on track and not let the cost issue be a hindrance or a factor in this process,” Dr. Wang says. “We are trying to do our part to help these survivors.” October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Iowa. Wang says many injuries to the face and head impact a person’s health, along with changing how they look.
“These types of injuries can involve appearance, of course, but also function,” Wang says. “When there are fractures or injuries to the cheekbones, the eye socket may not fit properly and vision can be disturbed. When there are injuries to the nose, certainly the nose may be twisted or deviated but breathing may also be impacted.”
Those who suffer from physical scars or injuries to the head, face or neck who are interested in taking part in the program can call a toll-free number: 800-842-4546. “The survivor is given the name of a domestic violence shelter, if that is necessary, if that person needs some place, a safe place,” he says.
“The shelter can be contacted to provide counseling for the victim.” A report from the Iowa Attorney General’s office found 14 Iowans were murdered in domestic violence cases in 2010. The report also found since 1995, a total of 216 Iowans were killed in domestic violence situations, including 25 children.
Learn more about the program at: www.facetofacesurgery.org