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    I am a 15 year old girl, and I am tired. I am tired of living in this house. My mom is slightly emotionally absent, (she don't neglect me,) but she is very hard to live with. Today, for the 3rd time in five days, we argued. My brother had a blockage in his ear, and she stuck a screwdriver in it. I told her not to do that, and she yelled at me to get out of her room. I said no. I did not want my brother to get potentially hurt by a stupid error made by my mom. It got slightly physical, and she begins to cry. I am tired of this. I now have bleeding marks on my arms, all because I was "disrespectful". I do not want her to get in trouble or have my brothers taken away, because I'm sure she loves and cares for us very much, but I need to leave. How do I go about doing that? Thank you.

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    Hi there,

    We're so sorry you and your mom got an a physical altercation that left you with bleeding marks. You do not deserve to be treated that way. It was totally understandable for you to worry about your brother's health. You mentioned wanting to know how you can leave home before turning 18. The easiest way to leave home is with your mom's permission. We understand that might be challenging, however, maybe there’s another family member, relative, or a family friend who could help to communicate how you’re feeling to your mom. The second way is through Child Protective Services if safety is a concern, which it seems may be the case. We want both you and your brother to be safe. Lastly, you can also look into emancipation options. In most states you need to be at least 16 to be considered and demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and independently. Emancipation often can be a lengthy process and may even cost some money for court fees. We would be happy to look into legal resources if that’s something you are considering.

    Please reach out soon so that we may offer support and resources to you. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).

    Be safe,

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