Daddy beats me!
Violence can manifest itself in many different forms: physical, psychological, sexual and financial. It can be online or offline. Even negligence can be a form of violence.
Yoiung people who have suffered violence in whatever form, feel belittled, powerless and lonely. Violence can leave scars, not just physical, but also psychological. Fear and insecurity are constant companions. Regular nightmares about what happened lead to sleep deprivation. It is the body's attempt to process the trauma. People who experience violence are constantly suspicious. Questions and thoughts plague the mind - Should I run away? Can I defend myself? Why me? What am I doing wrong? Is it my fault? Who will help me? How do I get out of this situation?
There is always someone you can turn to, even if it does not seem likely at the time. It takes a lot of courage and will to overcome fear, helplessness, feelings of guilt and shame. Sometimes it takes more than one attempt.
Don't be alone, talk to someone! Maybe you are in a similar situation or you have a friend you would like to help. You can talk to us, anonymously and confidentially:
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Every child and young person has the right to protection, help and support and to a life free from violence. You can speak up for your rights, for yourself or for a friend. Talking to us or talking to someone you trust is often an important first step, which is not so easy.
Parents can also help in such a situation or when they see it in other children or adults. You can request advice anonymously and confidentially from the Elterentelefon (parents' phone) 26 64 05 55.
If a person's life is in great danger, please contact the emergency call centre 112 or the police 113.