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Left with bruises

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my dad left bruises on me 

Answer

Hi there and thank you for contacting Ask Alex. 

Firstly can we say how brave you are for reaching out. You talk about your Dad leaving bruises on you. 

This must be such a difficult  and scary time for you. It is your right to feel safe in your home and to be protected from harm.  Your parents do not have the right to harm you in any way, physically, emotionally or sexually. It is your parents responsibility to care for you, protect you and listen to you 

Remember, young people have the right to report any concerns of abuse to Túsla or to the Gardaí. Túlsa is the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. The social workers within Túlsa are there for young people under the age of 18 years, and their job is to make sure children and young people are safe in their home. You can find your local Túlsa office here www.tusla.ie/get-in-touch/local-area-offices/ if you would like to get in touch with them or get information. If you ever feel unsafe and are in danger you  have the right to call the emergency services at  999  or  112 

Do you have someone in your life, that you can reach out to, to talk about what is been going on  for you? Would you have a family member, friend, teacher, a community group leader etc. that you could turn to for support and help?  You may find this article helpful www.childline.ie/how-to-live-with-a-parent-who-has-anger-issues/.

If ever you need to talk about anything and you don’t know who to go to, know Childline is here for you. We will listen and support you whenever you need. You can call us at 1800 66 66 66 or use Live Chat on our website www.childline.ie.These services are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So know that you never have to feel on your own.

Thank you, and keep yourself safe. Reach out for the support you deserve real soon,

Alex 

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