Helping survivors of domestic violence cope with their injuries is so important to the doctors and staff at MassachusettsEye and Ear Infirmary that they donate their services for free so that survivors can improve the quality of their lives.
Melissa Dohme has undergone 10 reconstructive procedures since leaving the hospital. She goes to the Facial Nerve Center every few months for medical Botox treatments, physical therapy and scar revision. Doctors there also put a platinum weight in her eyelid because she can't close her eye otherwise.
All services on Melissa's most recent trip to Boston were paid for. They are currently sending her three boxes of prescription scar tape -- each costing $600 - at no cost to her. The tape will take all the redness out of her scars leaving them much closer to skin tone.
Without the financial help, Melissa would not be able to afford this type of treatment on an ongoing basis.
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HELP AND RESOURCES
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides information, resources & support to anyone affected by domestic violence. Free, confidential, 24/7/365 | 1-800-799-7233
- Love is Respect is a joint project between the National Dating Abuse Helpline and Break the Cycle to provide resources for teens, parents, friends and family, peer advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public. All communication is confidential and anonymous.
- Loved to Death: A "48 Hours" investigation exploring dating and breakup violence through an inside look at the murder of 18-year-old Lauren Dunne Astley at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita. The couple had broken up, reunited, and broken up again at the time of the murder. Nathaniel had trouble dealing with the breakup, and Lauren secretly went to visit him one last time. It was the last time she was seen alive. | Resources for teens and parents