Twenty-six-year-old Emma Murphy has two young children and was in a relationship for two and a half years. She described (and still describes) her former partner as the “love of [her] life.”

Sadly, things turned sour, as her partner had several affairs and, even worse, physically abused Murphy. Needless to say, Murphy, like many people in abusive relationships, stayed for a while without knowing what else to do. Because of her partner”s manipulative behavior, she believed that the abuse was her fault.

Then came the final straw, when Murphy decided to not only leave her abusive partner, but to speak out on the behalf of all women, especially women with children. She hopes her words and her story will inspire others to get out of dangerous relationships.

Watch Murphy”s emotionally wrenching video below.

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 or anyone you know has it is in a similar situation please share this video to inspire other women around the world, violence is NOT the answer!!!!

Posted by Emma Murphy on Monday, July 6, 2015

Abuse hurts everyone and leaves lasting scars — not just the physical kind. While men can also be victims of abuse, the majority of domestic abuse victims are women. If you or someone you know is concerned about abusive relationships or has questions, you can contact the organizations below immediately for more information:

The Help Guide offers advice for people in abusive relationships, with special advice tailored for women, men, and LGBTQ people.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline offers 24/7 help with abusive and violent partners.

RAINN offers resources for sexual abuse and assault.

Domestic violence is a terrible reality, but there are many ways of raising awareness about it: