Domestic abuse victim Emma Murphy appears on ITV’s Loose Women
Brave Emma Murphy today appeared on ITV’s Loose Women to discuss her experience of domestic violence.
Earlier this month Emma posted a video of herself with a black eye and described the domestic violence she had suffered at the hands of her ex-partner Francis Usanga.
“I knew by posting the video it was my escape, “she told the panel, “there would be no going back”.
“I wanted to raise awareness for other people in the same situation”
“For me it was just to be strong enough to actually walk away.”
“I didn’t deserve that, no one deserved that" she said.
“I was holding on to the good times.”
“I my mind I was to blame and I was the one chasing him and taking him back like a fool.“
“I couldn’t let go.”
The ITV programme then played footage shot by the Sunday World which featured her ex partner Frances Usanga.
“I was hurt he didn’t apologise to me personally" she said when asked about the video,"we have children together and he didn’t apologise to me."
Emma said she had ignored earlier violence at the hands of her partner because she wanted to have the “perfect family”.
Usanga, who is a fitness guru on RTE’s Today show with Dáithi ó Sé and Maura Derrane and who has acted on TV3’s Red Rock soap, confessed to being violent twice before in his relationship with his partner, causing her to be hospitalised and resulting in the gardai being called.
He apologised to Emma and her family but admitted his violent attack was wrong.
"I’d like to apologise to anybody I have hurt in the past few days, anybody that I offended, anybody who sees this video," Francis told the Sunday World.
"I’d like to apologise to Emma, to her family, to my family and my friends, for people who have a lot of trust and a lot of work in me. I’d like to sincerely apologise to all my professional people, such as my sponsors, the people who gave me breaks in my fitness career, such as RTE – I’m just heartbroken and distraught at what’s happened.
"I was in the wrong and no man should hit a woman, that’s 100 per cent right.
"I should never have raised my hand to her. You should never hit a woman or use violence.
"It was uncalled for, I don’t condone it. It was very hard. I pushed her really hard in the face. It was so quick that it would have been the strongest part of my hand, it was with an open hand. It was more of a push, a real hard push. It was pretty violent and there’s no excuse at all and I’m extremely sorry for that."