Tampa Bay domestic abuse survivor talks marriage, love and helping others

Tampa Bay domestic abuse survivor talks marriage, love and helping others (Image 1)

“The miracle is I can still use my hands!” Melissa Dohme’s hands tell her story.

“This hand the knife went through it three times… One, two, three,” she described.

In 2012 Dohme fought off the attack of her ex-boyfriend Robert Burton. He had a knife, she only had her hands to protect herself. He stabbed her 32 times.

“This one was sliced open, this finger sliced. This hand was sliced 6 or 7 times but three of them went straight through my hand.”

Paramedics saved her that night. Including one in particular, Cameron Hill. He often wondered how she was recovering after the incident.

“As a crew we wanted to reach out to her but we didn’t know how,” Hill said.

Finally he got his chance 10 months later at an event where Dohme was speaking and thanking him and the others for saving her life. The moment she saw him, she knew.

“A feeling came over me when we met again,” she remembered. 

It came over him too. Two years later, just a few days ago, the man who saved her life, gave her a new one. Cameron Hill proposed.  He put a ring of love on hands that once fought off hate.

“I believe it’s God that planned this all out,” Dohme said. “When i think about what happened. I don’t think about it as all bad anymore because what I went through led me to where I am now. It led me to be with Cameron. It led me to be an advocate and find my voice.”

A voice she now proudly uses to help other women.

Robert Burton, Dohme’s ex, is now in prison. For the rest of his life. 

Copyright WFLA 2015. All rights reserved. 

WFLA.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s