Not every family is perfectly safe and loving. Each family has tough times, and some families struggle more than others. There are a lot of problems that can face families:
Dealing with such family problems can be hard. Talking about the hard times can help a lot. Think of an adult you trust who you can talk to, or you can call 1-855-201-2121.
Domestic violence can happen in any family and in any kind of home. It can hurt more than just the person is it done towards. It can upset you to overhear domestic arguments or witness violence between family members. Domestic violence might be:
It isn’t your fault. Adults and children should all feel safe in their homes. Domestic violence is wrong. No one should have to put up with it. This can be tough if one of your parents or guardians or siblings is violent to the other, especially if you love them. It’s normal to feel confused or upset about it. Talking about it can help, and 1-855-201-2121 has people who will talk to you anytime.
Adults have to figure out their problems to stop the violence. You can help them realize what they’re doing by telling them how their fighting hurts you. They may not realize how upset you are. They might not even realize what they’re doing to each other.
Talking about what is happening can help it to stop. It isn’t up to you to fix it alone. Let them know how you feel, but you should also get an adult who your trust involved. Try talking to a teacher, friend’s parents, or school counselor, or you can talk to 1-855-201-2121
It takes a lot of courage to leave someone, even if they are hurting you. Families might deal with abuse for years before facing up to it. They might be scared to break apart; they might not have anywhere else to go or the money to afford a new home; they might worry about moving and making their kids start in different schools; they might be too tired from the abuse to face up to it and do something; they might have a hard time leaving someone they care about, even if they are being hurt.