The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion - ALI­SON STEPHEN­SON

NRL star Benji Mar­shall has praised his wife Zoe’s brav­ery and told of his heart­break over the vi­o­lence she suf­fered in an ear­lier re­la­tion­ship. Zoe, six-months preg­nant with the cou­ple’s first child, spoke ex­clu­sively to The Daily Tele­graph about the abuse while dat­ing an­other man — be­fore meet­ing Benji and mar­ry­ing in 2013. The Wests Tigers-bound player yes­ter­day told The Daily Tele­graph: “I want women who are suf­fer­ing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or abuse to be in­spired by Zoe’s brav­ery and feel safe to speak up and to not feel alone.” He also posted an emo­tional trib­ute to his wife on In­sta­gram say­ing: “My heart is hurt­ing for you ... know­ing what you have had to en­dure and live through ... I am be­yond proud of you for shar­ing your story so openly and hon­estly and giv­ing women and men the strength to speak up against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse. I love you and I am here for you.”

Benji and Zoe Mar­shall, and yes­ter­day’s exclusive front page re­port.

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