Wednesday 25 April 2018

Emma praised for bravely taking a stand against domestic abuse

Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun
Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun
Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun
Emma Murphy goes through a range of emotions in this series of screengrabs from the video she posted on Facebook which was recorded on the stairs of her home in Ballymun
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Emma Murphy, a young mother of two, has been widely praised internationally for speaking about being a victim of domestic violence.

Ms Murphy (26), from Ballymun in Dublin, identified her former partner in a video message on Facebook, where she appears with a badly bruised face.

The video has been viewed by two million people and the story has been picked up by major news outlets in Britain, the US and Australia.

Sitting on a stairway in her house, Ms Murphy speaks tearfully about the attack: "I need to do this for me and my children, to raise awareness for other women out there."

She also appealed to women to walk away if they are in danger in their home. "It is difficult for me, but I have to do what is right," she said.

Ms Murphy tells how the man she was in a relationship with punched her and "split her head open" in previous episodes of violence.

"I've been told I'm paranoid, that I'm a psycho, that I'm nuts, and that my insecurities will kill me one day, even up until now he tells me my insecurities will kill me," she explains.

Her alleged attacker was contacted at his home in north Dublin yesterday but he refused to be interviewed.

Gardaí are now investigating the alleged assault after Ms Murphy made a complaint.

The Women's Aid freephone helpline is 1800 341900.

Irish Independent

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