Updated 03 March 2003, 09.47
This week's Newsround Extra: Hitting Home tackles the problem lots of children face: domestic violence.
Many watch helplessly as one of their parents or parent's partners hit and abuse each other.
And the children get hurt too - physically and mentally.
For some, it's so bad the only option is to escape and get help.
But what are your thoughts on domestic violence?
What did you think of the stories you heard in the Newsround Extra?
Do you think you'd know what to do if you needed help?
If you don't want to use your real name or give us any personal information, you don't have to.
I think a lot of the time, domestic violence is because the parents were not treated well when they were kids. I think if you are going through this, you should really tell someone. Keeping it to yourself will only make you feel worse.
Alex, 11, Concord
I would just like to say that it is not always the dad beating the mum, because when I was 14 my mum used to beat my family up. Also, if you are getting beaten up by someone, tell someone, I know its a lot easier.
I luckily haven't been a victim of domestic violence, but one of my friends was. It made her depressed and she couldn't concentrate on her work. If you are being abused, you really should tell someone. Keeping it bottled in makes it worse!
Dominique, 13, Bristol
I think it's awful, but your program has made me more aware of what a serious problem it is, and I just wish it could stop.
Ceri, 14, Monmouth
People should never hit and abuse each other, it's just teaching children to do wrong as well.
Sophie, 10, Gosport
Don't sit in silence stand up and let your problems be heard.
Jenny, 13, Redditch
I think if you are suffering from domestic violence get help from friends or family, who ever you can trust.
Paige, 12, Withington
People who are involved in this need help as it will only get worse.
It's so sad. What's worse is that people try and pretend it doesn't happen so there is no hope for victims.
Laura, 13, Southampton
I see my mum and dad hit each other and it gets me so worked up, I feel ill and sad inside.
Luckily I haven't been a victim of domestic violence but if someone is, I think they should get help even if it's a phonecall to a helpline. I don't think anyone should have to suffer like that!
Hayley, 13, Middlesborough
We think that domestic violence is awful and shouldn't happen, 'cause nobody deserves it. We also think it must be really hard for the victims to tell others.
Cat and Smile, 10, Nottingham
I think that any man who thinks it is all right to lift his hand to a woman and hit her to the ground is awfull. There is no place for that kind of act in the world!
Danielle, 14, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
It sounds horrble. I wish some parents would own up.
Amy, 10, London
This really upsets me - I hope families get help if there's violence.
Jenny, 13, Liverpool
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