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    I'm 14 and thinking of running away. My stepdad frequently hits me, beats me, and yells at me even if I don't do anything bad. I've been noticing mental health issues from it, I would have a panic attack from just being in the same room as him and I can't do my chores with someone else in the room without panicking and feeling like someone's gonna hit me. I'm pretty sure that's not normal. I don't really know what else to do except running away from home. I would call CPS or something like that to report it but he's the only person in my household with a job.

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    Hi there,
    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like things have been overwhelming at home recently and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. With the head of the household (since you mentioned he is the only employed one) it is likely that your family will receive financial help, you could ask Child Help what that might look like.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. If you are considering running away, please don’t hesitate to call or chat with us so we can help you plan safely.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    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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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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