Supporting Awareness & Prevention of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a concern in every community. Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery developed RISE to help survivors of domestic abuse feel empowered by their bravery and regain confidence in themselves. As we seek to raise awareness about domestic violence in the Carolinas and help those impacted, a local resident was selected as our first RISE recipient to receive free restorative care.
Marvee, a banking specialist from Greenville, bravely shared the story of her assault. As a result, she now lives with knocked out teeth, a fractured nose, and several scars. The effects of what she has endured have greatly impacted her self-esteem and Marvee feels self-conscious about her face and smile. She wrote, “I feel like I lost so much of myself that night. I'm doing my best to not let this stop me and use it to push myself further to heal not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. I just want to be happy when I look in the mirror and not constantly reminded of what was taken from me.”
Today, she is working on her AAS in Accounting and has already received her Small Business Accounting Certificate—all while being a full-time single parent, full-time employee, and fighting depression.
We hope that by providing this restorative treatment we can help Marvee begin her journey of healing and renewed self-confidence.
About Dr. Mohamed
As an oral surgeon and cosmetics specialist, Dr. Waheed Mohamed sees the impact of domestic violence in the greater Charlotte community. As the lead surgeon of Carolinas Center for Cosmetic Surgery, patients feel encouraged by his compassionate chairside manner and comfortable discussing treatment options without judgment. As part of the RISE program, Dr. Mohamed will perform free reconstructive treatment for one survivor of domestic abuse.
DID YOU KNOW?
- On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States—more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
- 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*statistics from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Every relationship is different, and domestic violence doesn't always look the same. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you or someone you know needs help, please call, text, or chat.