Not having one at all, I know a girl who never had one and all her life she spent looking for a man to fill that void in her life. She always stuck to the wrong guys that just wanted her for her looks. As for a father that hits you, I have another close friend who had that happen to him. He hated his father, until he suddenly got cancer. They both made up and the father apologized that he didn't know how to be a good dad and that he made mistakes. Unfortunately his dad died a week after diagnosed. Just be patient and don't hold a grudge too long with him. We all make mistakes, maybe he will turn around one day and apologize to you.
Having one that beats you. It's easier to live with the type of hurt you experience when you don't have a father then to live with the type of hurt that you experience when you have a father that beats you.