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    I’m 17 years old and I left home about a week ago I have a stable job and currently living with my boyfriend whom my dads hates because of his skin in the past I’ve delt with an abusive father and brother that currently is still going on they went to my job in search of me but I do not wanna go home Ik if the police get involved I’ll just be a missing person and be written off but my boss said that if the police get involved I’ll lose my job in the process I was wondering if that may be true I’m trying to get everything together and I feel like my family is holding back at what I can do my father emotionally abuses me and cps has been involved in my life for years now what can I do

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    Hello, thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline. We are sorry to learn about your situation and will try to help in any way we can. It is nice you have people like your boyfriend who are helpful in keeping you safe.
    You mentioned being abused by your father and your brother. We want you to know that we are here for you and that you deserve much better. If you want to report the abuse you can contact your local CPS alone or we are able to conference call out with you to make the report. To do so you can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY and tell us that you would like to report your situation. Also you can access Child Help a National Child Abuse Hotline at 1800-422-4453 or at If your family files a report with the police it would be a runaway report. That is something known as a status offense which usually does not go on your record and is not usually a criminal charge. If the police find you they will attempt to return you back home. Some police however will take into consideration the fact that you are in fear of your safety because of abuse. As far as you job, we are not legal experts so we cannot say for sure that you will not be fired. However, usually if you are not being charged with anything there should be no reason to end your employment.
    Again, thank you for contacting the NRS. You can contact us for further assistance at 1800-RUNAWAY or at
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