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My Dad has been hitting me and threatened to kill me

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My dad has been hitting me at home and he also said that he wants to kill me I am very scared 


Hello and welcome to Ask Pat.  

Thank you for your question, it is very important to us.  

We are really concerned to hear that your dad has been hitting you and that he said that he wants to kill you. It’s completely understandable that you would be very scared. You have been very brave by reaching out to contact us.  

You have the right to feel safe and happy in your home and no one has the right to hurt you in any way. You also have the right to get help and feel supported.  

Have you ever told anyone else what has been going on at home? Is there an adult in your life that you trust that you would feel comfortable telling? It could be an aunt or uncle, a teacher, a school counsellor. It’s important that you get the help that you deserve.  

Did you know that there are people whose job it is to keep children and young people in Ireland safe? For example, Tusla, the Child & Family Agency. You can call Tusla 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 servies:  It’s really important that you are safe. If you are in immediate danger, you should call An Garda Siochana on 112 or 999 

Childline are also here for you any day of the year, at any time. You can contact the Childline team by phone 1800 66 66 66, text 50101 or by chatting online at We will always listen, never judge and would love to chat with you.  

Remember, you do not have to go through this alone. There is support out there and people who want to help you.  

Hopefully, this response will be helpful. We hope to hear from you soon.  

Take care of yourself,  


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