42 North Dental continues to find opportunities to further our vision of healthy, confident smiles for life. We know that a beautiful smile is more than just a healthy smile. It is the confidence to face the world, tackle new challenges, and create a better future. That is why we have partnered with The Second Step (TSS), a non-profit organization that changes lives for survivors of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a serious and costly public health crisis. In a field like dentistry where we treat thousands of people every month, it is likely we encounter people who are impacted by domestic violence on a regular basis.
- In the U.S., 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
- 1 in 3 teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been abused by a partner.
- Nationwide, an average of 3 women are killed by a current or former intimate partner every day – about 1,400 deaths annually.
- The cost of domestic violence in the U.S. exceeds $6.2 billion each year.
Survivors of domestic violence often fall through the social safety net, and their health can suffer. They may have money that is temporarily inaccessible for needed health and dental care. They may be homeless, have injuries caused by violence, or simply be afraid or embarrassed to seek proper treatment. Often survivors are building new lives, looking for jobs, and caring for children. Often at the expense of caring for themselves. A healthy, confident smile can be an asset as they create a new future for themselves and their families.
A partnership with 42 North Dental will give The Second Step access to pro bono dental care for eligible clients across all of their programs and in communities across Massachusetts. And it will give 42 North Dental supported doctors and practices direct access to information, training, and support to address the important issue of domestic violence as it may appear in our offices. The partnership will also allow for the sharing of valuable information and help to our employees and patients. Together, we can change lives!