On the Air

Apr 11, 2011

The scars on her neck remind 25-year-old Kristie of a brutal rape a decade ago. Taya, now 5, still suffers from an eye injury sustained in utero when her father brutally beat her mother. When Illianexy tried to break up with an abusive boyfriend, he repeatedly stabbed and sliced her.

A new show on Discovery Fit & Health chronicles these and other domestic violence survivors’ struggles to get their lives back on track, with the help of reconstructive surgery.

Facing Trauma” shadows facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono and his practice in Great Neck, New York. In the opening frames of the hour-long medical drama, Dr. Jacono explains that he is a member of Face to Face – a group that recruits plastic surgeons and cosmetic dentists to provide services free-of-charge to domestic violence survivors.

For women and girls who’ve been literally as well as figuratively scarred by violence, “surgery opens new doors,” Dr. Jacono says. Each segment of the hour-long medical drama recounts the abuse victims suffered and shows how reconstructive measures can erase the scars of trauma and help them move on with their lives.

Watch a segment of “Facing Trauma” here.

Discovery Fit & Health is a new channel that will be available in approximately 50 million homes. Click here to find Discovery Fit & Health in your area.

NOTE: The producers of “Facing Trauma” are looking for survivors to profile on upcoming programs. Email Luci Manning if you know a survivor with facial injuries who is willing to tell her story on television. She can connect you to a producer.