My dad hits me
My dad hits me
Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Alex.
Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share how we’re feeling, but we also know how important it is to talk about our worries.
You have shared with us that your dad hits you, and we are concerned to hear this. No one has the right to harm you or hurt you physically, mentally, or emotionally. Every child and young person have the right to be safe, to be cared for and to be treated with love and respect.
Physical abuse involves a person using physical force against another person which causes or could cause them harm. It can be a single incident or something that is ongoing. Some examples of physical abuse could be slapping, hitting, pinching, and kicking. Deliberately hurting someone in any way using physical force is physical abuse and this is not okay.
You have the right to feel safe and happy in your home and your dad has no right to hurt you in any way. There are laws in place in Ireland that protect young people from harm so that means there are organisations and support services available to keep children and young people safe from harm.
You can call Túsla 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.
Talking to someone you trust about your experiences and how they make you feel might be something to consider too. You have the right to get help and support so maybe talking to someone you can confide in, a trusted adult such as a teacher, coach or school counsellor might be an option for you. If you feel that you are not ready yet to talk to someone you know, you are very welcome to chat with the 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.
Thank you for reaching out to us.