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  • #31
    im 17 living in texas my dad is always threatening me with the police and i just want to run away can i get arrested

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hello,

      Thanks for contacting NRS and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. While we are not legal experts by any means, we can share our knowledge of runaway laws.

      Generally speaking, your parents are your legal guardians until you turn 18, so they can decide where you live. If you do choose to leave without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal and you would not be arrested, but it is a status offense. This means that if your parents know where you are staying then they can have the police return you home. However, this is not always the case. Some police departments do not take runaway reports for someone who is 17 years old. If this is the case then then police would not force you home in the event that you leave. You can call the non-emergency number for your local police department to ask questions about their runaway protocol.

      We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

      Good luck,
      NRS

  • #32
    Im 17 turning 18 in 9 months .I live in Texas. Im graduating in 2 months and i was wondering if i leave home will the police make me come home since i've already graduated. I already know where i will go if i leave home.

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    • ccsmod7
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      HI there, thanks for reaching out today.

      Sounds like you have a difficult decision to make with whether to leave home before you are a legal adult at 18 years old in Texas. We are not legal experts and we truly want to inform you as best we can. We are not legal experts but we can speak generally. If you leave home at 17 after completing school it is up to local police with whether or not they would return you home. It is possible that they could return you home if you are reported as a runaway, and it is also possible that they could consider you an adult already and not return you. While having graduated high school could help your situation and have police see as more of an adult; it does not automatically make you an adult yet legally. One way to know what your options are is to talk to local police directly. If you would like assistance calling them please reach out to 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      We hope this information is helpful. Please call or chat us for more assistance.

      1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org

      Best,

      NRS

  • #33
    Okay, so I am 17. 7 months away from being 18 and I really need to leave this house. People are fighting everyday and I need a place to go. What do i do?

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    • ccsmod0
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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 seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
      While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • #34
    Hi, I am 17 I will be 18 on August 13th and i live in Houston Texas, I am wanting to runaway from home, not because of danger issues my parents just are too strict and don’t give me any freedom and I can’t handle it anymore. If I were to runaway and stay with a friend could I be forced back home and could I get my friend in trouble?

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    • #35
      Hello, thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. We are not legal experts and we truly want to inform you as best we can. We are not legal experts but we can speak generally. If you leave home at 17 after completing school it is up to local police with whether or not they would return you home. It is possible that they could return you home if you are reported as a runaway, and it is also possible that they will not return you. As soon as you turn 18 in August you are legally considered an adult and can leave at any time. One way to know what your options are is to talk to local police directly. If you would like assistance calling them please reach out to 1-800-RUNAWAY.

      We hope this information is helpful. Please call or chat us for more assistance.

      1-800-RUNAWAY;
      www.1800runaway.org

      Best,

      NRS

      Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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      • #36
        hi i live in odessa texas and i am in an abusive household. my mom mentally abuses me and the rest of my siblings. i have a feeling she has a bipolar disorder. at some points it gets so bad where her and my dad would beat me until i get bruised up and pass out. i have a 24 year old sibling that hasnt moved out yet because she is too scared that my mom will do something to her. i have a feeling that my mom has seperation anxiety because she wont let me or any of my siblings leave. im scared that im going to be stuck here like how my older sibling is. i know i am getting severe depression from all this because all i ever do is cry every night hoping that it will get better and some nights i honestly feel like taking my own life. and ever since my dad recently got laid off it has gotten worse in the house. i am literally going crazy. i have nobody to talk to about it because nobody wants to listen to me or believe me. i have ran away a couple times before when i was 16 because they beat me so bad but the cops just brought me back and whenever i tried explaining what they did they didnt believe me. this last they beat me i threatened to call the cops on them but they fought me to take my phone so i couldnt call anybody to leave. i am 17 now and im really thinking about taking off again because i cannot handle this anymore.

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        • ccsmod1
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          Hey there,
          Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. You deserve to feel happy and most importantly, feel safe in your own home. Your parent's actions are unacceptable and it can be scary planning out your next steps.

          The abuse and beating that you described raise a lot of concern for your safety and the safety of your siblings. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 (if possible) or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering (we can also reach out to the police on your behalf).

          You mentioned that you are getting severe depression and have been having thoughts of taking your own life. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone and we believe you and are here to listen. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.If you’d like some additional support, an organization that may be helpful is the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). You can contact them by calling 1-800-950-NAMI or you can text them by sending NAMI to 741741.

          If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

          We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/we_care_what_you_think

          Stay safe,
          NRS

      • #37
        Hey, um, I'm in a really bad situation right now at home. No matter what I do, I'm constantly getting beat and being told that i don't deserve to be alive by my mom, sister, and her dad. I can't go live with my dad because he's in and out of jail all the time and last time I spent time with him he tricked me into doing Speed (a type of meth). My step dad actually punched me in the face yesterday and now i think my eyesocket is fractured due to the swelling to my eye and nose. I have a place to go if i do runaway, my main issue is what would the cops do if they report me missing? Would it be better to stay here? Should I go live with the person who said they have a place for me? (it's my boyfriend) I'm constantly shaking, it's so bad. I feel like I would be safer with my boyfriend than I am right now.

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        • ccsmod13
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          Hi there,

          Thank you for taking the time to write us here at NRS and we appreciate you sharing your situation with us. You mentioned a few things that make us concerned for your safety. We do want to encourage you to take any steps necessary to stay safe and ultimately you would know better than anyone what that it is. It is not okay that your family members are making you feel unwanted or not deserving of your life. You have a right to be safe and you deserve to be treated with respect.

          You do have the option to report your step-dad's physical abuse to child protective services or to the police. This can be a scary decision to make for some young people, but you do not have to do it alone. You can speak with a child abuse advocate at childhelp.org to learn more about the reporting process and what it might look like for you. It would be helpful to document your injuries with pictures just in case you decide later that you do want to report this.

          Because you are under 18, your mom can report you as a runaway to the police if you leave without permission. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This basically means that your mom can ask police to return you home if she knows where you are staying. In most cases police do not actively search for a runaway but they would take suggestions from your mother as to where you might be staying. Now, there is not a universal way that police respond to runaway reports. Some police do not even take a report for a 17 year old and may not force you back home. We suggest that young people with this question call their local police department's non emergency line to ask about their protocol. You can keep this call anonymous if you feel more comfortable calling that way. Helpful questions to ask would be "If I leave home, would my legal guardian be able to report me as a runaway even though I am 17?", " Would police force me back home if my guardian knows where I am staying?", " what would officers do if I do not feel safe to return home?"

          We hope this information is helpful. We truly want to be a support for you as you decide on your next steps. We are available 24/7 to listen and help as much as possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out again by phone or chat if you would like to talk more in-depth about your situation and explore your options. You can contact us by phone at 1-800-786-2929 or use our live chat services at www.1800runaway.org.

          Stay safe!
          NRS
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