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    My parent have hit me with a lot of stuff and threatened to kill me and i am thinking about running away and i have a backpack packed full of stuff i need and its night time so its even harder for people to see me and find me and i have really good vision at night and i have a friend who is willing to let me stay with him for as long as i need

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    Thanks so much for reaching out to NRS. It sounds like you have a plan to leave home, and it's understandable you'd want a way out of an abusive and scary situation. First of all, abuse is never okay. No one deserves to be hit or threatened like that. One option you have is to report the abuse you have been experiencing at any time to the authorities. You can do that by calling 911, telling a teacher at school, or calling your state's child and family services. A good resource is called Child Help; they are an anonymous hotline like NRS and can answer any questions you have about the abuse reporting process, as well as take an abuse report over the phone if you decide to go that route. Their number is 1-800-422-4453.

    The most important thing to keep in mind if you decide to leave home is making a plan to keep yourself safe. This means making sure you have a safe place to stay, a way to safely meet your basic needs for money and food, and a Plan B in case something changes or doesn't work out. We hear from a lot of people who find themselves in dangerous situations because they ran out of money or needed to leave the place they were staying.It sounds like you have a plan to stay with a friend who you trust. If you want to give NRS a call at 1-800-786-2929, we can also help look up resources like youth shelters in your area.

    We're not legal experts, but something else to keep in mind is that if you are under 18, you are considered a minor in most states. If you leave home without your parent or guardian's permission and they report it to the police, you are considered a runaway and the police have the right to find you and bring you home. Running away is typically not considered a crime, just a statutory offense, so the police would just bring you home.

    It takes a very strong person to live through everything you have, and it shows a lot of courage that you are thinking about how to help yourself out of a bad situation. We are here for you 24/7 if you want to talk more or brainstorm other options at 1-800-786-2929.
    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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      I need help running away from home


      • ccsmod5
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        Hi there,

        Thank you for reaching out to us, we hope to help as best we can. 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. Another thing to consider is that while running away is not a crime, a legal adult who allows you to stay with them may be putting themselves at risk for being charged with harboring a runaway. A good way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth.

        There are other ways to leave home, such as emancipation, reporting any abuse, or with parental permission. We understand these may not be options for everyone, please feel free to reach out to us via live chat or phone to further discuss some options! We can only respond to email & forums twice.

        Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
        If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.

        Be safe,
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