National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Program (CRS)
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support (CRS)
The Cosmetic and Reconstructive Support (CRS) Program is the only direct service program that the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) offers to survivors. The NCADV works closely in partnership with three medical associations to assist survivors of domestic violence who cannot afford the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and dentistry needed to repair the injuries they have received from a spouse or intimate partner. Facial plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists and dermatological surgeons from across the country volunteer their services to assist survivors in removing the physical scars of abuse.
FACE TO FACE is a program that was started in 1994 by the Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). The FACE TO FACE Program offers facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to domestic violence survivors to repair injuries on the face, head and neck caused by an intimate partner or spouse. The toll-free number for the FACE TO FACE Program is 1-800-842-4546. www.facetofacesurgery.org
Give Back A Smile (GBAS) is a program that was started in 1999 by the National Humanitarian Program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the AACD Charitable Foundation. The GBAS Program offers cosmetic dentistry to domestic violence survivors to repair injuries to the front teeth in the “smile zone” caused by an intimate partner or spouse. The toll-free number for the GBAS Program is 1-800-773-GBAS (4227).
The program sponsored by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) was formally known as the Skin Care Outreach Empowers Survivors or S.C.O.R.E.S. Program and was started in 1999. This program is no longer recognized by ASDS as of 2004 although they still provide volunteers from their membership that offer dermatologic surgery to domestic violence survivors to repair skin injuries (scars, burns, tattoos) on the body caused by an intimate partner or spouse. The toll-free number for the program formally known as S.C.O.R.E.S. is 1-888-892-6702.
AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE CRS APPLICATION
Fill out pages 1-3 (please write neatly and use only blue or black ink) and then make an appointment with a counselor, domestic violence advocate, social worker or therapist. Bring the completed application to the counseling appointment and tell the story of the domestic violence you’ve experienced. Have the counselor complete the application on page 4, sign it and attach a business card.
Make a copy of the completed application for your own files in case it gets lost. Please mail ( DO NOT FAX ) the original completed application to: NCADV, 1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 1603, Denver, CO 80203.
Please follow the instructions that come with the application. If there is a problem with your application (if the application was not filled out correctly or completely), it will be sent back to you. Please do not send any documentation that is not asked for; it will be sent back to you. Once your application is correctly and completely filled out, you will be notified in writing that your application was received and forwarded to the medical associations.
Once the medical association has found a volunteer doctor or dentist available to take a case, the medical association will contact you with a referral to a facial plastic surgeon, a cosmetic dentist or a dermatological surgeon as close to you as possible (it usually takes 3-4 months to get a referral). You will then be responsible for calling and making the consultation appointment with the doctor.
The information contained on this website is for information and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal or medical advice. We are not doctors, lawyers or law enforcement. Please do not use the information you read here as a replacement for either. Do not rely solely on what you read here to determine how you will leave your abuser. Contact a shelter, police, or victims’ service organization for help with safety planning and more information on how to leave an abusive relationship.