Surviving Domestic Violence

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

The mass shooting in Wisconsin is believed to be tied to domestic violence. On Monday authorities learned the suspect's wife was one of the victims.

Police say the couple has a history of domestic disputes and a week before the attack the woman was granted a restraining order.

Channel Six spoke with Heather Duhachek, a domestic violence survivor in Omaha.

She was nearly killed by her husband Timothy Moody last year after he beat and strangled her in front of their three kids.

“I remember looking up and seeing the sole of his shoe and I thought he's going to stomp on my face,” says Duhachek.

Already separated from Moody, she filed a protection order after the attack, but says because there was never any physical abuse she never felt in danger before that day.

“It’s almost like he was spiraling all the time, there would be a period where he'd say I’m sorry I hurt the family, to extreme anger towards me, to crying and being upset about the situation,” says Duhachek.

Now she understands that getting away from an abuser and the cycle of control is not always as easy as it sounds.

“It feels like there's no way out. Even if you do get out they know where you live.”

To help fight back she has helped to organize a vigil for domestic violence victims later this week to encourage tougher laws against abuse in Nebraska.

“We wanted to do it on the courthouse steps on purpose to say you’re our only line of defense. If these crimes aren't taken more seriously something bad is going to happen.”

The vigil will be held at the Douglas County Courthouse on Thursday at 8:00p.m.

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