Pat's Answer

To Pat / 15 May 2020

Dad is an alcoholic

Your Question

Hi my dad is an alcoholic and he some times hits me and I asked him to stop and he doesn’t. I don’t like this and I am upset by his actions.

From Pat / 15 May 2020


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Pat.

You are very brave to contact us, you have such a lot going on for you.

First of all it is important to understand that no-one has the right to hit you, you have the right to be safe and it is totally understandable that you do not like him hitting you.

Your Dad has a responsibility towards you, and that is to keep you safe and cared for.

You also mention that your Dad is an alcoholic and Childline understands that that is a difficult situation for you to be in. your Dad also has a right to get help for his alcoholism.

Perhaps it might be helpful for you to talk a little more about this with us here at Childline. Our phone line is open 24 hours a day at 1800 666 666 and we would be more than happy to offer you support and explore what options are available to you. Our service is confidential and we would never judge you.

Thank you for contacting us and we wish you well.

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