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Survivor of brutal domestic violence attack shares empowering story

Melissa Dohme Hill was the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon for the Willow Domestic Violence Center. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A woman who survived a brutal attack of domestic violence shared her story Thursday morning.

Melissa Dohme Hill was the keynote speaker at the annual luncheon for the Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Dohme Hill spoke about how she was stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend who she met in high school in Florida.

The attack nearly killed her.

"On that horrific night, I actually flatlined four times on the able," Dohme Hill said. "I had a stroke in my cerebellum and severe loss of blood. For every reason, I shouldn't be here. I feel like God saved my life and after the attack, I dedicated my life mission to becoming an advocate and speaking out. Some of my biggest passions are speaking in high schools I met my abuser in high school. I didn't know the red flags or the cycle of abuse or also how much help was available through centers like Willow Center."

Dohme Hill encourages parents to talk to their teens about their dating life and healthy relationships.

There is also a silver lining to her story; she just got married one year ago to one of the first responders who helped to save her life that day.

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