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Support friend who's getting abused

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How do i help my friend whose getting abused, they cant get any help because of strict rules.. do you have any advice? 🙁


Hi there, welcome to Ask Alex!
Thank you for reaching out with your concern. It’s really brave and caring of you to want to help your friend who’s going through such a tough time. Knowing that your friend is being abused can be incredibly upsetting, but there are steps you can take to support them and get them the help they need.
Firstly, it’s important to know that in Ireland, all young people under 18 have the right to live in a safe environment. If your friend is feeling unsafe at home, they can contact emergency services by dialling 999 or 112. These services are there to protect them and provide immediate help.
Talking to a trusted adult is another important step. This could be a teacher, a school counsellor, a family member, or any adult you feel comfortable with. They can offer guidance, support, and help you and your friend through this difficult situation. Sometimes, having an adult involved can make a big difference in accessing the help your friend needs.
Túsla, the Child and Family Agency in Ireland, is also a valuable resource. Social workers at Túsla are dedicated to ensuring that all young people live in safe environments. You may need the support of an adult to contact Túsla, but they can provide professional assistance and help your friend find a safer situation.
Remember, you are never alone in this. Childline is here to support you and your friend. The team is available 24 hours a day, every day. You can contact Childline for free at 1800 66 66 66, or through Messenger at by clicking on the purple chat icon. The team can help you explore your options and provide the support you both need.
It’s essential to act, even if it’s difficult, because your friend’s safety and well-being are so important. By reaching out for help, you’re taking a vital step in ensuring they get the support they deserve. It is also important that you take care of yourself too. You are entitled to support, while you are helping your friend.
Stay strong and compassionate, and know that there are people and organisations ready to help you and your friend through this.
Look after yourself,

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