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  • I want to leave home and almost 18

    So, I'm very much not happy at home, my mother threatens to kill herself and other stuff, and I don't fully feel safe. I know my situation isnt too bad, but it feels like she is verbally abusing me. Idk though- I have no clue what verbal abuse really is- I am turning 18 in less than two weeks, am I able to leave and live with one of my boyfriends?
    I live in colorado

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    Hi there,

    We are very sorry to hear you are having a difficult time at home. You don't deserve to be mistreated and you have every right to feel safe. If you are in immediate danger you could always dial 911. You could also file an abuse report through us or through

    You are very close to turning 18, which is the age which you can leave without any legal difficulties. Until then, however, your mom could attempt to file a runaway report if you leave without her permission. But sometimes local police do not accept runaway reports for 17 year olds. The best way to find out for sure is to call the local police non-emergency number and ask them how they would handle a situation like you are describing.

    If you'd like to discuss the matter more we are here for you and can possibly look into other options. Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY or you can chat with us via our website: We are here 24/7 and are confidential. Since you mention your mom threatening suicide we would also like to give you the following resource if you either want to give it to her or reach out to them for help yourself:

    All the best,
    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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