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Family problems

I've been having a few problems at home, my mum don't know how to control her anger and she takes her anger out on me, she gave me two black eyes and a really bad bloodshot eye I'm scared to tell anyone like my dad or other family.
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Hi there,

Thanks for your letter.

You’ve been really brave to write to me about what’s been happening at home. It sounds like life with your mum could be difficult for you.

You have told me that your mum is struggling to control her anger and she takes it out on you. It is not ok for your mum to hurt you. This is called physical abuse - it's wrong and it’s not your fault.

It sounds like you might be scared of what could happen if you told someone, and it’s natural to feel that way when someone you care about is hurting you. It feels like it could be important to find a way for you to be safe and that would mean trying to tell an adult you trust. That might be your dad or someone like a teacher or school nurse.

When someone is being physically abused at their home, they can sometimes become involved with social services. This does not automatically mean they will be taken into care when people find out. That’s a decision which can only be made by social services. They will usually try to help and support a family in making changes first if they feel that’s appropriate. I want to let you know that they could become involved and it is their job to protect children who are being abused. If you do decide to tell someone, and I hope you do, then you could ask them about this.

I’m glad you felt able to start talking about what your life is like at home and I want you to know you don't have to be alone. The ChildLine counsellors are there to listen and support you. You can phone them free on 0800 1111, send an email or log on for a 1-2-1 chat. They will not pressure you to tell someone until you feel ready to do that. They can keep most things you talk about between you and ChildLine. You can find out more about the kinds of things they may need to tell someone else in our confidentiality promise.

I hope you are able to get the help you deserve.

Take care,
Sam

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