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    My dad is mentally abusive and somewhat physically abusive, I want to leave so badly

  • #2
    Hi there,

    Thanks for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it can be difficult to take that first step, and we’re glad you did. It sounds like things have been pretty overwhelming at home, and you been harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way, no matter what. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with another family member or someone you trust as far as transferring custody. Please note, it is totally okay to reach out to Child Help to ask question and not decide to make a report right at that moment. You can call to make a report when you feel ready, otherwise they are confidential.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe,
    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!


    • #3
      I'm a parent who called in and reached a young woman who was like "uh humm" about pretty much everything I was saying. She asked me a question and while I talked about it I noticed she had disconnected. I called back and she was like hello? We were disconnected, I said. She didn't say sorry or pick it up, and seemed to sort of remember who I was, only sort of.

      But then I realized my issues as the parent is lost on everyone.
      The details are never going to matter. This hotline holds on to your calls and triages them out to the next line of counselor who makes the decision you have reached the capacity of our interest and support. I have finally realized that I should shut up and deal with it. So thank you for your message to me as a parent.


      • ccsmod15
        ccsmod15 commented
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        Thanks for reaching back out to the NRS. It seems like you are frustrated about the situation at home and may not have gotten the support you were hoping to from us when you called in. NRS is here to support anyone who calls in, but we are trained and set up most for youth between the ages of 11-21. As such often we have limited resources to give out to parents of a youth but we are usually willing to give space for anyone in a crisis to vent and explore the situation to see what options we can offer.
        Without a more in depth summary of the situation at home there are a few resources that do come to mind as general resources for parents of a runaway or out of control youth. Those would be:
        Team HOPE (Help Offering Parents Empowerment): 1-866-305-4673
        And the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678
        These might be better able to serve your needs.
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