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My Dad Hit Me On My Throat. Do I Tell a Trusted Adult?

Your Question

my dad hit me on my throat , its red nd that made me hit myself afterwards , should i tell a trusted adult about this ? i only told my two closest friends ( my bestfriend from my old school and my cousin ) im female , 16 


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Pat.  

Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share our worries and concerns, but we also know how important it is to talk about how we are feeling.  

In your question, you said that your dad hit you on your throat. We would like you to know that nobody has the right to hurt you in any way. It’s a parent’s job to protect their child from harm and you have the right to always feel safe at home.  

You said that you already told your two closest friends and have asked if you should tell a trusted adult about this. Yes, it’s important that you do tell an adult that you trust about what has happened. This may be a teacher, a youth worker, a coach, an aunt. If you can’t think of any adult, you would feel comfortable talking to, that’s ok. There is a lot of support for children and young people out there.  

Tusla supports children, young people and their families. It’s their job to keep all children in Ireland safe. You can call Tusla on 0818 776 315 Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). Outside of these hours or in an emergency you can contact An Garda Siochana on 112 or 999 

You can find out more information about how Tusla can support you by clicking on the link below:  

As you mentioned that you hit yourself afterwards, you may also like to speak to Pieta House. They offer support to people who hurt themselves. You can read more about this here:  

You can also talk to Childline about how you are feeling. Our services are free, confidential and open 24 hours, 7 days a week, so we are always here to listen. You can call us on 1800 66 66 66, text us on 50101 or webchat with us through our website  

We also have some articles on our website that you may like to read:  

Thanks again for reaching out to us. Remember, you have been very brave by talking to both your friends and Ask Pat. We hope you find this response helpful. Please do contact us again if you have any more questions. We would love to hear from you.  

Take care,  


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