Ten years later, domestic violence survivor calls for action

CREATED Jan 31, 2014

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RACINE -- The sheriff called it the most "gruesome, violent and heart-wrenching" crimes he's ever seen.

On January 31, 2004, Teri Jendusa Nicolai was left for dead by her husband, found in critical condition trapped in a snow-filled garbage can.
 
Police found her stashed in a storage unit in northern Illinois, and though she survived, she sustained critical injuries, including the loss of her toes.
 
Today there was no such talk of sadness or anger - only strength and joy: the strength of telling her story to encourage people to protect themselves, and the joy of having a family now.
 
"It's not a happy anniversary, Jendusa quips to TODAY'S TMJ4."This is like a second birthday."
 
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling promises law enforcement also learned from the experience; deputies are much more communicative with victims about when their aggressors leave jail and where they go.