I complained to Túsla, but my dad continues to hit me
my dad keeps hitting me even after i complained to tusla what should i do
Hi and welcome to Ask Alex,
We understand how difficult it can be to reach out for support when you are dealing with so much, but it is so important to speak up and look for the help you deserve.
You have said your dad keeps hitting me even after you complained to Túsla, you are wondering what you should do? It sounds like you are going through a very difficult time, and we are concerned for you. No one has the right to lay a hand on you or hurt you in any way. Every child and young person have the right to feel safe and be cared for especially by those closest to them.
Any form of force used to inflict pain on a person is seen as a physical assault. This can happen once or several different times, this form of abuse is not ok and should not be happening to you. You have the right to feel safe and protected from any harm and you should not be subject to abuse by your parents or anybody else. Ireland has laws in place to protect you and all other children and young people from this form of abuse.
We know you have said you have contacted Túsla but it is so important that you explain every detail and ensure you are heard, perhaps try them again on 0818 776 315 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can also visit their Changing Futures website to find more information about their services: changingfutures.ie/ If you ever feel like you are in immediate danger, you should call emergency services any time by dialling 999 or 112. Those are freephone numbers that can be contacted no matter where you are if you are in danger.
If you can speak with a trusted adult such as a grandparent, aunt, sports coach etc. about what is going on they may be able to support you in finding the help you deserve. You have the right to feel safe and supported, it is important to know that you are not alone.
If you are not ready to discuss it with someone close to you at present, you can reach out to our Childline Team by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or through our web chat on www.childline.ie. You can start a chat by clicking on the Orange Tab on the right-hand side of your screen. Childline services are free and confidential, and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
We really hope that some of the above information is useful to you and that you find the help and support that you are entitled too.
Thanks for reaching out to Ask Alex and look after yourself.