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    i am currently 17, living in Austin Texas wondering if i would get in any trouble or would be forced to returns home if i leave? my boyfriends parents are accepting me at there home they work he works he is 18, i work aswell my dad is to the point i rather just not be alive hes driving me ISANE, if it where for my dad i would be home 24/7 i cant ask him to go do anything because he starts cursing and saying what not, what he says hes basically saying i am nothing without him, he pushes me away to the point that he ignores me he makes me feel like nothing hes always all eyes on my little brothers and my 13 year old sister he ignored me so bad on fathers day that he simply ingnored me , he can tell me say whatever he wants offends me but if i try to deffend my self he will get b***hurt i love my father but hes just making me want to never see him again. my mom is very supportive she approves me leaving with my bf because she knows how bad life is with my dad she her self wants to leave the house aswell for a while then come back i just dont want to be living in tye same roof as my dad. i need help.

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    Re: Runinng away

    Hi and thanks for reaching out and sharing your situation on our bulletin boards. It sounds like you’re seriously considering leaving home because of how your dad treats you. We’re sorry things have gotten to the point where you are feeling like leaving home is your only way out. You also mentioned you’d rather not be alive and although we aren’t sure if you are suicidal or not, if you are there is help out there. We’re available to talk and there is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ You also don’t deserve to be mistreated and it sounds like your mom might be feeling that way too if she wants to leave as well.

    We aren’t legal experts; however, in most cases running away is considered a status offense. Some cities/states don’t actively search for runaways so even if your parents file you as a one, oftentimes police only end up looking if your parents provide an exact location. Otherwise it can just be a matter of chance. If you’d like a more official answer, here is the Austin Police Department’s non-emergency line (512)974-5000 and hopefully they can at least let you know how they tend to handle 17 year-old runaway situations. If you or someone in your life is uncomfortable making this call, feel free to reach out to our hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY first and we can offer to call and advocate for you. As far as whether your boyfriend and his parents would get in trouble that is sometimes a possibility under “harboring a runaway.” The police should be able to provide you with more information on that too. Hopefully this helps and please don’t hesitate to reach out on our Live Chat or crisisline for additional help. Best of luck!
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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