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    Hi im 15 and i wanna go live with my mom in Hemet, my dad drinks too much and he thinks he knows everything...esspecially his wife shes really mean and likes to verbally abuse me and my brother. I feel like id have a better chance of being successful at my moms and it would be less stressfull. Can i runaway from my dads and go live with my cousin, Shes 20 and has her own house i think i can live there until ive been gone so long theyve stopped looking for me and i can go with my mom also once

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    Re: 15 and I want to runaway to mom

    Hi there,
    Thank you for reaching out. It sounds like you’ve been dealing with a lot and reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline is a great first step.
    It sounds like your dad’s wife has been verbally abusive to you. You do not deserve any type of abuse, by anybody. Have you been able to talk to anyone about how your dad and his wife treat you? It can be helpful to talk to another relative, family friend or teacher about what’s going on so they can help you work through options. Another thing to consider is custody. We’re not legal experts, but if your dad has legal custody of you that can making running away legally dangerous for your cousin and your mom.
    Have you runaway before? That might give you an idea of how your dad and his wife might react. If you haven’t run away before, it might be useful to think about what their reactions could be and how you might handle those reactions. There are some other helpful things to think through when making your decision:

    What else can I do to improve my home situation before I leave?
    What would make me stay at home?
    How will I survive?
    Is running away safe?
    Who can I count on to help me?
    What are my other options?
    If I end up in trouble, who will I call?
    When I return home, what will happen?
    We’re always here to discuss whatever situation you’re going through, so feel free to reach out 24/7 a week at 1-800-Runaway or on chat from 4:30-11:30p. Feel free to reach out as you think more about what you plan to do.

    Best of luck,
    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
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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