Charlotte, NC asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Florida

Q: Am I being Abused?

For a while I have struggled with some issues throughout my family, and now I have came to the internet to see if my "problems" are actually signs of abuse. I've listed some of my situations below, and if I am being abused, what do I do?

Today, I went out on a walk without telling anyone. When I had arrived home, my Dad was furious with me, saying I need to tell people where I go before I leave, and when I wouldn't reply he told me to stand up and walk towards him so he can "pop me in the mouth" I didn't stand up, to which he came over and punched me in my arm, saying he is willing to do anything to teach me how to respect him and my mom.

(side note, a lot of CPS cases were open in the past, but I've always chickened out in fear of foster care)

My parents ground me for little to no reason.

My mom says things she knows I do not like.

My parents have extreme tempers

My mom holds things I tell her against me

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The things you list don't appear to be child abuse. However, the incident of your father threatening to hit you in the mouth and then hitting you on the arm may be.

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