This Morning's Holly Willoughby in tears as co-star details domestic violence ordeal

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Holly Willoughby was left in tears during This Morning as one of her colleagues discussed their domestic violence ordeal.

On today's (November 13) episode, Eva Speakman candidly spoke about suffering domestic violence in a past relationship.

Detailing what happened to her, Eva explained that she sustained a brain injury after being attacked by a previous partner while out.

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"I got head butted three times and I remember hitting the deck – I think I hit the bar – I just remember excruciating pain that I've never felt in my life," Eva recounted.

"Even though there was so much pain physically, and I was really frightened, [I felt] shame because people had actually seen this. I said to my cousin, 'Help me, take me to the hospital'."

After being taken to the hospital, Eva said: "I remember trying to vocalise to my cousin, 'Don't tell my mum and dad'."

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Eva explained that a later incident where her partner hurt her dad was the final straw, recalling: "I thought, 'You can hurt me, but you don't hurt my family'. It was that that just made me say, 'Enough'."

Holly was seen in tears throughout most of the interview, and Eva later addressed viewers who may be going through a similar experience.

"There is no shame associated," she continued. "If you're listening to me knowing I've been through this – you are the victim, not the perpetrator. One in four women do face some sort of abuse. You have to talk. You have to realise it's not your fault."

She added: "They won't change. You think you can change them, but they will not change, and it will only get worse."

This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.

Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Refuge (www.refuge.org.uk) or Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk). Both charities run the 24-hour, freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline, 0808 2000 247. The US National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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