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    Hi I'm 17, I live in texas and my living situation at home isn't ideal and it's scaring me mentally my parents are verbally abusive, my dad is ex army and has ptsd so he's grown distant but that doesn't stop him yelling at me or almost hitting me, his girlfriend lives with us and drinks almost every night and she continues to put me down and tell me I'm not going to amount to anything, this has already caused me to physically harm myself and I just can't take it anymore, I have someone whose willing to take me in and I want to finish school but they live in Louisiana and I wanted to know if it would be legal for me to move in with them and finish school

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    leaving Texas at 17 and moving to louisiana

    Thanks for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    It sounds like you have a lot going on and none of it too easy to deal with.
    It’s very courageous of you to continue to reach out for assistance you are to be commended for doing so. If you should be feeling that you want to self-harm we would like to offer you an alternative you might consider reaching to for help.

    To Write Love on Her Arms is an American non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide while also investing directly into treatment and recovery.
    Just visit:

    We can only imagine what you have been going through emotionally but NRS is here to listen and here to help. You can give us a call at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or visit (NRS live chat).
    It sounds like one option you are considering is leaving to go live with a friend in Louisiana.
    Since the age of majority in Louisiana is eighteen years of age you might be considered a runaway and returned home if picked up by the police.

    There may also be some question as to them having legal troubles for aiding or harboring a runaway. To get more specific information about this you might consider contacting the police department in your area about at what age would someone not be considered a runaway or can legally move out of their parents home.

    Does that make sense?

    We hope to hear from you so that we may answer any more questions you might have.

    Take Care,
    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)

    Tell us what you think about your experience!


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