Victims of domestic violence often face a variety of challenges on the road to emotional and physical recovery. A new program, RISE, from the Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Greenville, seeks to help survivors overcome those challenges.
“For me, the initiative is more than skin deep,” Dr. Waheed Mohamed said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity for us to be a part of the healing process for someone by giving them the self-confidence to move forward and do something great with their lives.”
“We take calls at the hospitals and it often involves trauma to the face area. And, unfortunately, that trauma does involve, more often than not, some form of domestic violence or as a result of violence,” Mohamed said. “By offering this service to people, I think we give them the opportunity to get help that they may not have received somewhere else.”
Rita Wearbon, a victims advocate with the Greenville Police Department, said there are several women’s shelters for victims leaving abusive relationships. Programs are in place to support survivors of domestic violence from help applying for food stamps to transitional housing assistance.
For those who are suffering domestic violence, Wearbon said they should know they aren’t the first ones to experience such abuse. Domestic violence could happen to anyone regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status or any other aspect of a person’s social location.
“There is no shame because you didn’t do anything to make this person do this to you — even if the person has told you such,” Wearbon said. “You’re a human being. You deserve to be respected. You are valued, you are precious, and you are not created to be controlled by one person.”
Resources for those suffering domestic violence can be found here: https://www.greenvillesc.gov/1258/Domestic-Violence.