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    My daughter ran away. She is 16 and wanted to do it on her own with her 19 year old boyfriend. He isn't good for her and is a horrible influence. She was gone for 76 hours and of that claims she was alone for the last 24. She has a habit of constantly lying and I don't trust her... How do I work past this? Her father was going to move her across the US to his town in the middle of nowhere, but she threatened if he did that she would shut down and not accept the help they provided. I changed her school to a different town from the one her boyfriend lives in and she claims that she hasn't spoken with him, but again I don't believe her. What do I do?

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    Hello there, thanks for reaching out today. Sorry to hear that your daughter ran away, and now you are having trust issues at home. It can be difficult to resolve conflict without knowing if your daughter is being honest or not.

    It sounds like you are looking for advice on how to get through to your daughter and not letting her see her boyfriend. That sounds like an extremely delicate situation, and you have already had her change schools. It seems like you all have really done your best. You can always call or chat us if you would like help trying to brainstorm additional ways to can talk to her. We might have some local resources that could be helpful for you all. It seems like family counseling or similar services might be helpful with having open, honest communication to help you all heal from the past. You might also try calling out to the National Teen Dating Hotline 1-866-331-95-74 or visit They have great advice for parents whose child is in abusive relationship, and might be able to better help you with that situation.

    We look forward to hearing from you and we wish you the best,

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