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17 year old wants to runaway from abusive home can i be forced home again?

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  • 17 year old wants to runaway from abusive home can i be forced home again?

    my step father is emotionally, mentally, and verbally abusive. and has restrained himself from physically abusing me but only barely. i cant live in this situation much longer. and he is controlling every aspect of my life. i have no say in anything. and he has tried forcing me into the military. next week im planning on getting out asap. and plan on going to a pre arranged friend's house. but i dont want to be forced to go back home. what could the legal consequences be for me or the friend, if any?

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    You mentioned experiencing emotional abuse which may be reportable against your stepfather. Please keep in mind you by no means deserve any type of abuse, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is often harder to provide evidence for compared to physical abuse which is often what CPS relies on when conducting an abuse investigation. That said, we can’t be 100% sure what the outcome will be if your local CPS decides to open a case based on what you share. Sometimes CPS decides to remove minors from the home and other times they offer services such as family counseling or mediation instead. The only way to know the outcome might be to reach out to them directly and if you’re ready to do that we are here to help you through that process. Reaching out to Child Help USA at 1-800-422-4453 or may help to get a better understanding of what may happen before and after a report is made.
    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.

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    We hope this helps. Please reach out if we can offer any further support.
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