Medical and surgical care for domestic violence survivors

Donated services helping survivors like Melissa Dohme

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 during a visit to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

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.

For more information:


  • 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

Anytime, Anywhere

48 Hours iPad App

Watch episodes from past seasons of 48 Hours. PLUS, stream all your favorite CBS shows live, next day, or on demand anytime, anywhere.

Try 1 Week Free

More From 48 Hours


The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App