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Brave Irish mum Emma Murphy praises her children for helping her overcome attack by former partner

David Kearns

Published 29/07/2015 | 14:47

The Irish mother-of-two who inspired millions after she posted a video detailing how her former partner attacked her has praised her children for giving her the strength to carry on.

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In an emotional post on her Facebook page, Emma Murphy (26) said her life was “far from perfect” but that when she looked at her two children’s smiles “it certainly is perfect… being a mammy is the most amazing feeling in the world.”

“In life we come up against struggles/challenges, nothing in life is free and we are really challenged at times,” she wrote.

“[But] always remain true to yourself and surround yourself with people who lift you up,

Emma Murphy's Facebook profile picture
Emma Murphy's Facebook profile picture
Emma Murphy was struck by Francis Usanga during a row

“My life is far from perfect but when I'm with my 2 babies it certainly is perfect to see them smile, being a mammy is the most amazing feeling in the world.”

A video posted to Facebook by the 26-year-old earlier this month went viral worldwide after she accused former partner Francis Usanga of hitting her.

In the interview published days after the video, Mr Usanga admitted to hitting the young mother and said he would like to apologise to her and her family and friends.

Ms Murphy however rejected the 29-year-old fitness instructor’s apology, saying that she was “really hurt, really really hurt that he didn’t apologise” to her personally.

Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy
Francis Usanga with Emma Murphy

Last week, in first mention of the incident on her Facebook page, Ms Murphy thanked all of those who reached out to her and offered their support.

"I am sorry but I simply cannot reply to every single email but from the bottom of my heart I want to thank each and every person.

Hi guys, I just want to say a massive thank you for all the support over the last couple of weeks, I am so overwhelmed...

Posted by Emma Murphy on Thursday, 23 July 2015

"I have not used my social media since posting the video as I needed to take time for myself and children.

"If my video has even helped one person in a similar situation to mine I am honoured and proud of that," she wrote.

Ms Murphy went on to tell anyone being subjected to domestic violence to tell their families and seek help.

“Go to your family, your family are always going to have your back and have your support.

“In every relationship there’s good and there’s bad, and it takes two as well. He was losing his temper more frequently. If you see someone change over time look out for those signs."

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