Due to the increasing level of domestic violence in our community, Hands Across the Bay developed a Domestic Violence Division. We are devoted to positively impacting others through advocacy, awareness, education, empowerment, and prevention. Our goal is to transform a generation saturated with hate, violence, and crime into a generation infused with love, compassion, and peace.
Our Violence Prevention Advocate, Melissa, heads up our division. She is a survivor of a brutal stabbing in 2012, where she was stabbed 32 times after leaving her abusive and jealous high school ex-boyfriend. Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of abuse while in high school.
We are committed to providing high schools in the Tampa Bay area with anti-violence presentations. Silence is part of what allows the epidemic of domestic violence to continue destroying people’s lives. We speak throughout the community to educate, inspire, and raise awareness. Presenting the facts about teen dating and domestic violence along with sharing personal experiences lies at the core of our presentations.
To request Melissa to speak at your event, please click here.
Everyone deserves a healthy, non-violent, non-threatening and safe relationship. Abuse is typically a cycle all about GAINING AND MAINTAINING power & control over another person. See photos below to learn more about the Cycle of Abuse and the Power & Control Wheel.
You are worthy of real love! I promise you there is life after abuse. You must first love yourself before you can be loved by someone else. Be with someone who supports you, respects you, listens, and makes you feel safe. Love should never hurt. Love is not threatening, abusive, fearful, or intimidating. Break the silence, share your story, and never settle for less than you deserve.
Melissa Dohme's attacker was sentence to LIFE IN PRISON with no chance of parole on October 21, 2013. Hands Across the Bay was there to support Melissa as she recalled all she went through and pleaded for her abuser to receive a life sentence. To read Melissa's Victim Impact Statement, please click here.