An Omaha mother nearly died at the hands of her ex-husband. A year later, she's turning her pain into a mission to help her kids...and others.
Timothy Moody and Heather Duhachek's wedding photo shows a couple in love-beaming with happiness.
They went on to have three beautiful children.
A year ago, this love story took a dangerous turn.
Heather says, "I began thinking if you don't get out of here, he's going to kill you."
Heather is opening up about the day her husband attacked her. She & Timothy had separated. She was picking up the kids at his apartment when he knocked her to the ground.
The kids watched as their father attacked her.
Heather says, "He lifted his foot above my face and started stomping on my face."
Timothy finally stopped, but the damage had been done.
Heather's face was left black and blue, and swollen.
She says, "Although he did damage to me, what he did to the kids was way worse."
Heather says her son, Jayden, took it the hardest. He became angry and aggressive. He blamed himself.
Heather says, "He says, "Mom, I'm really sorry I couldn't get daddy off of you."
A year later--with counseling for the kids--Heather's family is doing much better. Now, she's making it her mission to help families like hers.
Heather is a licensed therapist. She has a master's degree in Community Counseling.
She started her own counseling service.
She says, "I just think to myself you have to stop the cycle."
As Heather works to help others, Timothy Moody sits in jail. They divorced in October 2010. Heather has had no contact with him since the attack.
She just wants to move on.
Heather says, "He did almost kill me. And it's hard to forgive somebody for that...deep down I think I've forgiven him for what he's done."
Timothy Moody declined our request for an interview.
He was sentenced to six years behind bars. With good behavior, he could possibly be released as early as July 2012.
Heather's new business is Generation Hope. You can find it at generationhopecounseling.com.