A young Irish mother took to social media recently to deliver a heart-wrenching and powerful message to implore women suffering from domestic abuse to escape their situation.
Emma Murphy, 26, is a fitness blogger and mother of two. She recently posted a video (below) on Facebook in which she shared her story of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend and father of her children.
“He was the love of my life,” said Murphy who could be seen with a black eye in the video as she fought back tears. She continued to say that it was “not the first time” she had been attacked by her former partner.
“I have the courage to actually do something about it this time,” she said. “Because even once it’s unacceptable, but to be made to feel that it is acceptable is even worse.”
She continued, “To be mentally tortured and told you’re paranoid or insecure, that’s mental torture and no man should do that to any woman.”
Murphy’s video has since been shared more than 57,000 times and watched more than 3 million times.
Murphy says the issue came to a head when she discovered her ex-boyfriend had cheated on her, getting the other woman pregnant.
Murphy, who was pregnant at the time, went into an early labor due to the stress, reports Daily Mail. Despite this she “tried to forgive him, gave him another chance and took him back.”
When she learned he reportedly did it again, she says she confronted him at a gym. There she says he punched her after she threw his phone.
“It wasn’t the first time. Last year he split my head open at an event and prior to that he punched me as well and I had a black eye,” she said.
After this incident, she decided that it was the final straw, reports PIX11.
“For the last year and a half, I’ve been told I’m paranoid, I’m a psycho, my insecurities will kill me one day,” she said. “After Friday’s events, I finally realized that, ‘No, this is not acceptable.’ No man has any right to put his hands on a woman.”
According to her, it took three violent outbursts from her ex-boyfriend before she was finally able to leave him.
“So now I’m a single mother of two, two beautiful children,” said Murphy.
She continued, imploring other women in similar situations walk away from their relationships.
“Because more often than not,” she said, “if it happens once, it’ll happen again.”
PIX11 cites a 2005 study by Women’s Aid that found 1 in 7 women will experience “severe abusive behavior” from their partner in Ireland.
In the U.S., the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence at the hands of their partner.
Photo Credit: Screenshot via Daily Mail