A 17-year old girl has revealed she hasn't spoken to her mother in three years because of a family row over a dreamcatcher tattoo – that could even see her dad sent to prison.

Australian Casey Victory was just 15 when she decided she wanted the tattoo on her ankle, but laws over there mean she needed to get her parents' signed permission before she could get the ink.

As she was living with her dad Bradley at the time – who has tats himself – he agreed and provided a signature, the Mirror reports.

Casey got the tattoo, which she believes symbolises good luck in native American culture and had significance to her at the time.

The offending tattoo

But 45-year-old Bradley has now been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm after Casey's mum took him to court.

The latter charge had been dropped, but the assault charge remains and could result in a maximum five years in prison for the truck driver, who has pleaded not guilty.

Under New South Wales law, minors are required a written permission from a parent or guardian to get a tattoo.

Mum Nadene Rae Rees lodged court proceedings over the incident, alleging the decision was made without her consent.

And Casey, siding with her dad, hasn't spoken to her mum since.

Casey's dad Bradley could now face prison

Mr Victory told Australian show A Current Affair that he was very protective of his daughter.

Appearing with Casey by his side, he said: "I'll do anything for Casey, to protect my daughter. Yeah, I would go to extreme [lengths for] all my kids. They mean the world to me.”

Casey then admitted she hadn't spoken to her mother.

"I haven't spoken to mum in 3 years," she said.

Adding her dad was “all I could ever ask for. He’s the best dad. He does everything for me."

Mum Nadene was not impressed with the body art

She said: "I can go to him about anything, teaches me how to do stuff, can ask him anything.

“He’s always there for me when I need help.”

Lawyer Sam Macedone told the Australian TV show that it was quite legal for one parent to give consent.

“Having this man charged with assaulting her is, in my mind, ridiculous,” Mr Macedone said.

At a first court appearance at Picton Local Court on Wednesday, the GBH charge was dropped, but the ABH charge is still being fought.