“I want everybody to see that he’s more than a smile and a firm handshake. Hector Hernandez (running for commissioner on Count Wiley’s West New York United slate) is not the person that he says he is,” says his ex-wife Jacqueline.
They got married in 1996 and she says the abuse started just a year later.
“He was a drug user, alcoholic; he beat me everyday for like 13 years,” the 39-year-old says. “And it was just everyday, everyday, he just beat me everyday — guns in my mouth, to my head.”
She says she’s not doing this to pick sides.
“Roque, Wiley – I’m doing it for myself (to get closure) and for the public so they know the truth as only someone who knows him like I do would,” Hernandez says. On the street he’s a different person. Behind closed doors, I think he’s a monster.”
According to Jacqueline, the last beating gave her a concussion that landed her in the hospital.
“When I came back I told him we cant (anymore) ‘cause he’s gonna kill me,” Hernandez says. “So I guess G-d sent him cheating that saved my life.”
Everyone was in the dark about the abuse.
“The cops did know ‘cause I used to call them when it got bad,” the longtime West New York resident says. “But they just ignored the situation so I had to deal with it on my own ‘cause I didn’t tell nobody.”
Jacqueline says she couldn’t even get a restraining order because her ex was well connected.
“They wouldn’t do any reports or nothing because they were all friends with him. They used to tell me to leave.”
Recovery from abuse is possible… you have as much right as anyone to speak up and stop the violence.
“Because you live with these scars forever and it’s not good. So if anybody’s in an abusive relationship reach out to somebody to get help. Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late,” Hernandez says.