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    I want to move in with my aunt but my dad would never allow it. He is verbally abusive and I’ve had suicidal thoughts. I don’t know what to do because my aunt would love for me to move in but she doesn’t want to cause problems with my father.

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    Hi there,
    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like things at home have been very tough between you and Dad, and that now you are considering moving in with your Aunt. You have come to the right place.
    First of all, it is important that you know that you do not ever deserve to be verbally abused by Dad. It is not okay to be treated this way. It clearly weighs on you, and severely affects your mental health. This abuse can be reported to CPS, but unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for, which is what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly, and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made. A report may also help your case for moving in with your Aunt.
    As far as moving in with your Aunt without reporting your abuse, it is best to try to do this with agreement from both parties. Getting consent from Dad for this alternative living arrangement will mean less likelihood of arguments or police involvement (in trying to bring you back home as a technical runaway). Seeking the help of your Aunt may be a difficult step because she does not want to offend your Dad, but it also may be the most effective way to handle the move. You may also try to talk to Dad, but we urge you to consider your safety first. If you feel like you need help talking to Dad, you can reach out to us at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800runaway.org and we can walk through the conversation with you. We can even carry out a conference call where we speak with you and Dad at once as a mediator to assist you in expressing your needs.
    Lastly, you mentioned having suicidal thoughts. Sometimes, when things get overwhelming, especially when you are being mistreated by your parent, it can feel like there is no way out, no hope. This can lead to thinking about wanting to die. We are here to support you as you deal with the hardest of moments. You can always call us or instant message us 24/7. Another amazing resource for people feeling suicidal is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They can be contacted at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of day. If you are ever feeling like you are in danger of seriously harming yourself or ending your life, please call 911.
    We hope that some of this information was useful to you. If you need more information or support, please reach out to us by phone or instant message. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Stay safe and strong out there.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
    Hi there,
    Thanks for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like things at home have been very tough between you and Dad, and that now you are considering moving in with your Aunt. You have come to the right place.
    First of all, it is important that you know that you do not ever deserve to be verbally abused by Dad. It is not okay to be treated this way. It clearly weighs on you, and severely affects your mental health. This abuse can be reported to CPS, but unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for, which is what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly, and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or www.childhelp.org may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made. A report may also help your case for moving in with your Aunt.
    As far as moving in with your Aunt without reporting your abuse, it is best to try to do this with agreement from both parties. Getting consent from Dad for this alternative living arrangement will mean less likelihood of arguments or police involvement (in trying to bring you back home as a technical runaway). Seeking the help of your Aunt may be a difficult step because she does not want to offend your Dad, but it also may be the most effective way to handle the move. You may also try to talk to Dad, but we urge you to consider your safety first. If you feel like you need help talking to Dad, you can reach out to us at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800runaway.org and we can walk through the conversation with you. We can even carry out a conference call where we speak with you and Dad at once as a mediator to assist you in expressing your needs.
    Lastly, you mentioned having suicidal thoughts. Sometimes, when things get overwhelming, especially when you are being mistreated by your parent, it can feel like there is no way out, no hope. This can lead to thinking about wanting to die. We are here to support you as you deal with the hardest of moments. You can always call us or instant message us 24/7. Another amazing resource for people feeling suicidal is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They can be contacted at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of day. If you are ever feeling like you are in danger of seriously harming yourself or ending your life, please call 911.
    We hope that some of this information was useful to you. If you need more information or support, please reach out to us by phone or instant message. We are here to listen, here to help.

    Stay safe and strong out there.
    Sincerely,
    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

    National Runaway Safeline
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