The Domestic Violence Council is hosting a public screening of the documentary The Children Next Door

October 10th, 7:00pm

Mammel Hall in Aksarben Village, Omaha (map)

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Every year 5 million US children are exposed to domestic violence.  These children are facing and overcoming obstacles every day that other children never have to face.  The single most important factor leading to their resiliency is having a caring adult in their lives.  This is a public event open to all interested and caring individuals.  We invite you to come and learn more about the difference you can make in a child’s life. 

The Children Next Door, a documentary directed by Doug Block, executive-produced by Brian F. Martin, and produced by Lynda A. Hansen, is a unique and powerful look at domestic violence that recounts the fear and pain through the eyes of children. It’s a young family’s journey to uncover the truth that lies beneath the cycle of violence and the solution to end it.

A panel discussion will follow the film with special guests:  


Brian Martin, CEO and Founder Children of Domestic Violence

As a child, Brian experienced childhood domestic violence – domestic violence that takes place in the presence of a child.   At the age of seven, he made a promise to do everything he could to end childhood domestic violence and its impact.

Now a successful entrepreneur in the marketing and media space, Brian sought a way to help others like him who have experienced childhood domestic violence.  In the U.S. alone, 40 million adults were children of domestic violence and at least 5 million children live with domestic violence each year.  Brian’s mission for increased awareness and solid, reliable, impactful solutions that could ultimately help as many people as possible led him to establish Children of Domestic Violence (CDV) in 2012. Click here for complete bio.


Chelsea Waldroup, child survivor

Chelsea Waldroup, featured in the Award-Winning documentary THE CHILDREN NEXT DOOR, is the eldest of the Waldroup children bread in a home with violence, whose life came crashing down one fateful day when their father nearly murdered their mother and killed her best friend.

Chelsea is a child of domestic violence up against a dark legacy.  She is also a child of domestic violence committed to not letting her past dictate her future and breaking the cycle.  She has taken a vow and made leaps towards ensuring that no other child should have to go through what she went through by working with Children of Domestic Violence ( to spread the message about the hidden epidemic of childhood domestic violence, 45 million Americans each year and nearly 1 billion globally. Complete Bio.

Heather Duhachek, MS, LIMHP, PLADC

Heather has worked in the human services field for over 13 years. In 2011 her three children watched as their father beat and stomped her in the hallway of his apartment nearly taking her life.  While Heather healed the impact of this event remained for her children.  With counseling for the kids--Heather's family is healing.

Heather has made it her mission to help families like hers.  Heather is a licensed therapist. She has a master's degree in Community Counseling.  She serves on the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Council as well as the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition.  Heather is founder and CEO of, Generation Hope Counseling.


Ryan Alan Suhr, MS, LIMHP, LPC

Ryan is the Statewide Administrator of Children Services for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska.  He oversees Prevention and Early Intervention, Permanency and Well Being, and Children’s Behavioral Health Programs. He previously served as the Clinical Supervisor of LFS Children Services therapists and has worked in clinical and academic appointments since 2003.

Lutheran Family Services - For the past year and a half, through its work with the  Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network entitled “Using the NCTSN Core Curriculum to enhance trauma informed assessment and Case Formulation,” Lutheran Family Services has incorporated the 12 Core Concepts of Child trauma into all of its Children Services programs as a mode of case supervision and as a way to provide a common language  for specialists working with all aspects of child maltreatment and childhood trauma.  Lutheran Family Services

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