Emma Murphy: "I needed to be a role model for my children"

Brave: Emma Murphy (Credit: TV3)
Brave: Emma Murphy (Credit: TV3)

Dublin mother Emma Murphy took a stand against her partner’s physical abuse because she "needed to be a role model" for her children, she has said in an interview.

The young mother-of-two from north Dublin said she had ignored earlier violence at the hands of her partner Francis Usanga because she wanted to have the “perfect family”.

“I was that person; I didn’t think it was a big deal until this event happened. It’s so hard because everyone wants to have the perfect family.

“But I knew it in my heart that I needed to get away because it was unhealthy, I knew I needed to break away and be a good role model for my kids.”

Speaking on TV3, Murphy said she knew she had made the right decision to leave because of the amount of support she had received from around the world following the video. 

“No family is perfect and looking at my little boy it kills me. I’m so saddened because they’re not going to have their mammy and daddy together anymore

“But after what happened, I needed the strength from somewhere, and by posting the video that I did, I’ve reached so many people from around the world saying ‘Thank you. Thank you.

“It showed me it was a big deal. It’s a huge deal, I know this because of the amount of mail I’ve gotten from people.”

Advising other victims of domestic violence to leave their partners Ms Murpgy added: “Do what I did, run straight to your family and friends and tell them you need them around you.

“This gave me the strength and courage I needed. I realised I wasn’t on my own and that I could do this.”

Ms Murphy’s former Francis Usanga has admitted he had an altercation with her.

However, bodybuilder and budding actor Francis Usanga (28) claimed he pushed the mum of two and did not punch her.

Speaking to the 'Irish Sun', gym owner Usanga, who is due to become a father for the third time this week with another woman, said he pushed Emma but is insistent he did not punch her. 

He contends her bruised eye may have occurred as a result of her falling over after the incident.

He told the newspaper: "Yes I did push her. I pushed her, I didn't punch her. It was just the force.

"I did sleep with someone else. But I did not punch and I absolutely did not split her head open.

"I know nobody will believe me but I am not a violent person. I never, ever want to hurt anyone," he said.