Irish mother's domestic abuse video gets global support

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Emma Murphy in the video she posted online
Emma Murphy in the video she posted online

An Irish mother's Facebook video on domestic abuse has been praised around the globe.

The video, posted on Emma Murphy's Facebook page last night, has received coverage in the UK, Australia and the US today.

Fox News in the US called it an 'emotional appeal' while called it 'brave'.

In the video the 26-year-old blogger speaks about a number of domestic violence incidents and urges others in a similar situation to walk away.

In the five-and-a-half minute clip mother-of-two Murphy has a black eye that she says she recieved after an argument with her partner last week.

The man at the centre of the allegations has closed his social media accounts.


I thought long and hard before posting this video, this is very difficult for me but I have to do what is RIGHT, if you...

Posted by Emma Murphy on Monday, July 6, 2015

Here in Ireland the video has been backed by those battling domestic abuse.

Jacqueline Healy, Women’s Health and Human Rights Officer said:

“We know that in Ireland, one-in-five women will be the victim of male violence and we have to praise her for her courage to speak out so honestly about her experience and share it on social media,” she told the Herald.

"Her experience shows women from all walks of life are affected by domestic violence. It also demonstrates how extremely difficult it can be to leave a violent relationship due to the emotional abuse experienced and the fact that children are involved.

“Another factor is that many women are economically dependent on the perpetrator and feel they cannot afford to leave the abusive relationship,” Ms Healy added.

If you have been affected by this video, contact Women's Aid on their website or call 1800 341 900.