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Emotional abuse at home

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I’m stuck at home with an emotionally abusive family over the summer. I hate being so isolated at home all the time and waiting for my friends to see me until I can have a real conversation and express myself. I reported my parents and the social workers did nothing. I just want to get out of home over the summer. What should I do? Where should I go?

Answer

Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex!
 
First of all, thank you for reaching out. It takes a lot of courage to share your feelings and seek support. We’re really sorry to hear that you’re going through such a tough time at home. Feeling isolated and stuck in an emotionally abusive environment is incredibly hard, especially when it feels like there’s no escape.
 
 
It’s really important to find safe spaces and supportive people to connect with during the summer. Maybe there’s a local library, community center, or park where you can spend some time away from home. These places can offer a change of scenery and a chance to meet new people. If you’re into any hobbies or sports, joining a club or team could also be a great way to stay busy and find some comfort in doing what you enjoy.
 
Staying in touch with your friends is crucial. You could set up regular meet-ups or video calls to stay connected and share how you’re feeling. Sometimes just talking to someone who understands can make a huge difference. Also, think about any relatives or family friends who might offer you a place to stay for a while. Even a short break can provide much-needed relief.
 
It can be helpful to have a plan in place for when things get tough at home. Identify safe places you can go to if you need to leave the house quickly, like a trusted neighbour’s home or a public place. Also, keep a list of emergency contacts, including friends, relatives, and support services, that you can call if needed.
 
Setting small, achievable goals for each day can give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. It could be something simple like reading a book, learning a new skill online, or cooking a new recipe. These small wins can make a big difference in how you feel.
 
Remember, you don’t have to go through this alone. If talking to friends or finding a safe space isn’t enough, you can always reach out to Childline for support. Childline is here for you 24/7, whether you prefer talking on the phone or chatting online. We are non-judgmental and confidential, always ready to support you and explore your options together.
 
You can call the Childline Team at 1800 66 66 66 or contact us through Messenger at www.Childline.ie by clicking on the purple chat icon. You are never alone—we are here to support you and help you through this difficult time.
 
Take care of yourself and stay strong. Reach out whenever you need to,
Alex
 

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