My dad hit me
my dad hit me and I broke a knob on the cabinet to get him back and now he wants to delete one of my video games.what should i do?
Hey there, welcome to Ask Alex
We’re really sorry to hear that you’re going through such a tough time. It’s not easy when conflicts arise at home. First and foremost, it’s important to know that what you’re experiencing is not okay; nobody has the right to hit a person under the age of 18. It is illegal to do so. This article explains the different forms of abuse www.childline.ie/what-is-abuse/.
It’s understandable that emotions can run high in such situations, but responding with aggression might not be the best solution. It’s important to find healthy ways to cope with the challenges you’re facing. Breaking a knob on the cabinet might have been a reaction to the hurt and frustration you’re feeling, but it’s important to find alternatives that promote a safer and more constructive environment. Here is an article that may help you www.childline.ie/working-out-anger/.
Communication can be a powerful tool. If you feel comfortable, consider talking to your dad about your feelings and concerns. It might be helpful to express yourself calmly, explaining the impact his actions have had on you. Choose a calm time to talk when there will be no interruptions. If the situation escalates or you’re uncomfortable discussing it directly with him, don’t hesitate to reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, or counsellor who can provide guidance and support. If you are ever feeling unsafe at home because you have been hit, you have the right to contact the Gardaí on 999 or 112.
Remember, you’re not alone. There are people who care about your well-being and want to help you through difficult times. It’s so important to prioritise your safety and look for help if needed. Whether it’s friends, family, or professionals, reaching out can make a significant difference. You don’t have to face this alone, and there are resources available to support you on your journey.
If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you too. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website www.childline.ie.
Look after yourself, and know we are here for you anytime, for any reason,