Trigger warning: This post deals with domestic violence.
Emma Murphy is 26. The Dublin-based writer has two children, and a successful following on her Facebook-based ‘healthy mums blog’.
Today, she also has a black eye — and she’s just posted a video about the injury that’s being shared around the world, because of the powerful message it carries.
Emma’s black eye, you see, was inflicted by her partner of three-and-a-half years — a man she used to think was the ‘love of her life’.
As she explains in the distressing video her partner hit her after she confronted him on Friday about an affair he had while she was pregnant.
“You think you know somebody,” she says in the video, her face still clearly baring the marks of the brutal attack. “I loved him so much that I tried to forgive him and I gave him another chance and I took him back. Unfortunately I found out that he did it again.”
Her voice breaks as she recalls the affection she once had for the man who became her attacker.
“I loved him with all my heart,” Emma says. “We’ve had ups and downs. I’ll cherish the ups, I won’t miss the downs.”
Emma goes on to disclose that the attack wasn’t the first time he punched her. She adds that her partner was deeply manipulative, deflecting her concerns by telling her she was “paranoid” and insecure.