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Hi Alex my parents have been hitting me they say that I deserve to Be hit they say they wish I was dead that I drowned at birth I’m afraid of them that I keep myself locked in my bedroom when I’m at home, what can,I do who can help I don’t want to be homeless

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Hey there, thanks for reaching out to Ask Alex.
 
We are really sorry to hear that you’re going through such a painful time with your parents. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and we want you to know that you are incredibly brave and that you’re not alone. It’s never okay for anyone to hurt you, and you have the right to be safe and feel respected at home.
 
It’s very important to prioritise your safety, so if you ever feel immediate danger, don’t hesitate to call the Gardaí at 999 or 112. They are there to help in emergencies and to make sure you are living in a safe environment. Túsla, the child and family agency in Ireland, is responsible for ensuring every young person in Ireland has a safe place to live, and you have the right to live in a home where you are not afraid and where you feel safe.
 
It’s also important to talk to someone you trust about what’s happening—whether it’s a teacher, a friend, or another family member. You don’t have to go through this alone. They can offer support and help you explore your options and help you report this. This article may be helpful for you: www.childline.ie/what-is-abuse/.
 
Remember, you are never alone in this. Childline is here for you 24/7. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at www.Childline.ie. The team is trained to listen, support, and help you find the right resources. Your well-being matters, and there are people who care about you and want to help. We will not judge you or tell you what to do; this is your space to talk freely about what is going on for you, anonymously.
 
Take care of yourself, and reach out to those who can provide the support you need.
 
Alex

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