Never ignore violence, however ‘small’ the violent act may have been.

If your daughter is using drugs and becomes violent, that is telling you that she now has full-blown addiction and she needs help.

If you read this while she is in a violent state of mind, leave the house if you possibly can. This keeps you safe and allows her to calm down. If necessary, when you want to return to the house, have a friend or neighbour with you.

And if you’re worried for your safety when it’s just you or family members in the house, spend the night somewhere else.

And when the dust has settled, it is time to decide how to deal with this problem. But for now, especially if there are any children in the house, your priority is to stay safe.