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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence taking too long to process NYC victim's application for surgery

Posted Apr 06 2010 12:00am

It has been nearly a half year, and NYC victim of domestic violence, Lily, still waits for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to process her Face to Face application for Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgery. Lily, badly scarred and maimed by her abuser, has been patient, hopeful, and waiting for her much needed scar removal and dental work promised by the Coalition. Not surprising, the Coalition urged her not to call and ask questions about her application as it may hinder the "process". A few months ago I decided to take matters in my own hands and I did a couple days worth of research for this victim. Without funding, an office, a salary, an application, I found Lily a doctor that was willing to remove her scars for free and provide her with the surgeries she needed.

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj (NYC) is double board certified, specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery and Rhinoplasty Surgery, and works with the Face to Face program. After a short email to his office, Lily is now getting the help she deserves without the assistance of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As far as I know, the Coalition is still "processing paperwork".

The Coalition needs to do better than this. In a few days I was able to provide Lily with assistance-it wasn't complicated, and finding help for victims of domestic abuse shouldn't be. These institutions are "in business" to assist those in need, and they should honor that. Unfortunately, the National Coalition partners up with the Face to Face Program, a truly admirable program that provides free surgeries to abuse patients and has little to do with the Coalition itself. Because of this partnership, it is rare that a Face to Face doctor will provide services if a victim does not come through the National Coalition. Luckily for Lily, this doctor was willing to provide her with services without the application from the middleman, the Coalition.
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