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Dad bruised me twice

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My dad bruised me 2 times now and punched me again, what can i do…? 

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Hi there, thank you for reaching out to Ask Alex.
 
It’s very brave of you to contact us; we know it’s not always easy to talk about things that are going on for us. We are so sorry to hear about this situation and we would be very concerned for your wellbeing and safety.
 
Your safety is very important to us, and we are sorry to hear that this has happened to you! Please know that this is not okay. It is not okay for your dad to punch you. It is never okay for someone else to physically hurt anyone. It is your dad’s job to protect you, not to hurt you. This deeply concerns us, and it is essential to us that you get all the right supports.
 
This is classified as physical abuse, and you deserve and have every right to feel safe at home and in every aspect of your life.
 
Please see more information on abuse here: www.childline.ie/what-is-abuse/.
 
It’s important to know that you have done nothing wrong; everyone deserves to feel safe and protected. Do you have another adult in your life whom you trust and feel safe with? Could you tell them about what has happened so they can help support you and guide you to the next steps to take?
 
We feel this is important, as this is a big burden for you to carry. If you can let an adult know, they can help you through this. It could be a teacher, another family member, or even a friend.
 
If you feel you are not ready to do this, you can contact us at Childline through our free phone service. The number is 1800 66 66 66. Here, there will be an adult to help listen to you in a safe manner and help guide you to the next possible steps you can take. You do not have to do this alone; there are people who want to help and make sure you feel safe and protected.
 
See below articles from the Childline website which may also help you and give you some more information and possible next steps: www.childline.ie/getting-help/.
 
You do not have to go through this, or anything else, alone. If you are ever in immediate danger or harm, you can contact emergency services on 999 or 112 from any mobile or landline, free of charge. At Childline, we are focused on you and what is important to you, and you can also contact Childline by clicking on the purple Messenger circle at www.childline.ie.
 
We are proud of you for reaching out to us, as we understand that it was probably not an easy thing for you to do.
 
Wishing you all the best,
 
Alex

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