Parentline, formerly known as Parents Under Stress, was founded by a group of concerned nurses and health care workers in response to the emerging problem of child abuse.
It was modelled on a U.S. organisation called "Parents Anonymous" which operated somewhat like Alcoholics Anonymous in that parents who were abusing their children could meet and offer each other mutual support.
Parent support groups were started in 1980; the anonymous telephone helpline in 1983.
Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street Dublin 7
Telephone: 01 - 87 87 230
Help-line: 1890 - 92 72 77