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  • I don’t feel safe around my brother.

    I have realized that when I am around my brother I do not feel safe. He scares me and he puts me in situations where I feel I’m in danger. I can’t talk to my parents about it. I don’t know what to do.

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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now. You should not have to feel unsafe around family or be put in dangerous situations. We know you mentioned not being able to tell your parents. We know having a conversation about feeling unsafe around your brother can be scary or awkward. At NRS we offer conference calling where if you call us we would call out to your parents and have a conference call. During the conference call we are there to mediate the conversation and to provide support and allow you to be heard. If that is not something you are interested in there are a few other options. You could talk to a trusted teacher or school counselor about what is going on and they may be able to provide you with some resources. If you feel your safety is in immediate danger you can always call the police and let them know what is going on. Your safety is our top concern and your safety should never be jeopardized. Another option could be, if you feel comfortable you could always talk to your brother about how you are feeling, he may not realize he is putting you in dangerous situations or that you feel unsafe.
    We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to talk more about what is going on please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and provide support. Our number is 1800-RUNAWAY. We wish you the best of luck!
    NRS
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    • #3
      Hello i feel unfase too around my brother and he try to demotivate me around my family. And whenever i try to learn new think he always demotivate me ho dont want to me spend time with my friend and also he want to trap me home all day my parents also with him. And i feel to sucidel

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      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15
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        ccsmod15 commented
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        Hi there. We are very sorry your brother is acting badly around you, even to the point where you are talking about suicide. Of course, your brother's actions and the current challenges you face are temporary, whereas suicide is permanent. You deserve to be treated well and you deserve to be safe.

        From looking up your IP address it appears you are contacting us from another country. The National Runaway Safeline is located in the United States of America (USA). Our knowledge of helpful community based resources and our understanding of youth in crisis related laws is limited to the USA. You can use this link to find a youth helpline in or around your country: https://www.childhelplineinternation...pline-network/.

        You may also find this link helpful in finding someone to talk to if you are feeling like harming yourself in any way: http://www.aasra.info/helpline.html

        We hope that by reaching out to a local resource, you are able to get the support you need from an organization that understands the laws and circumstances that affect youth in your country.

        All the best,
        NRS

    • #4
      What happens if I don't feel safe around my sister or my parents will I be placed in a different home

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      • ccsmod16
        ccsmod16
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        ccsmod16 commented
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        Hi,
        Thanks for reaching out; we are glad that you did. It sounds like you feel unsafe and uncomfortable at home. We would like to talk more with you about this. Especially if someone is hurting you at home. If they are, we can help you file an abuse report with your state.
        They don't usually remove people unless they find evidence of severe physical abuse. Mostly, if they find evidence, they try to give your family the help they need to not hurt the children.
        You can reach out to us via live chat through this website, or call our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY 24/7
        We truly hope to hear from you soon.
        Sincerely,
        NRS

    • #5
      My brother picked a fight and caused me to get a big cut on my leg, this is not the first time he has picked a fight and he always wins cause he's much bigger then me, I don't feel safe, should I call the cops? Will I be able to get away from him i

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      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15
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        ccsmod15 commented
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        Hello,

        You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. Even if this is only from your brother and not your parents. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household.
        It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services). In this case it might include anger-management for your brother, or other ways to make sure his aggressive behavior is addressed if your parents are refusing to themselves.

        If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.

        Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
        Take care,
        NRS

    • #6
      I don't fell safe around my brother he thretedes me and make me feel scared

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      • ccsmod7
        ccsmod7
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        ccsmod7 commented
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        Hi, thank you for reaching out to NRS!

        It sounds like a tough situation, and it’s understandable that you feel frightened. Feeling safe is important, especially at home. Speaking with your parents/guardians or your school counselor could be helpful. If your parents are open to the idea, staying with extended family members or friends might be an option. It can give you some time away and space from the situation. ChildHelp (childhelp.org) is a potential resource too. They can provide additional information and connect you to local resources. If you feel like you are in danger, we encourage you to call 911.

        You can reach out to us via our phone hotline or online chat service anytime. We are available 24/7! Stay safe and stay strong!

        NRS
        1-800-RUNAWAY
        1800runaway.org
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