Q: i’m 17, i need to get out of this house. can i legally leave and live with someone else against my parents wishes?
my step mom and dad can be physically or emotionally abusive. i help out so much but still get treated like trash. i’m so emotionally drained and i can’t live here anymore. they cause frequent panick or anxiety attacks for me and it’s getting to the point where i’m severely depressed. can i leave and stay with a friend? or do i have to wait until i’m 18 because they will call the police on me if i leave.
A: Please reach out to a trusted adult or other relative. It can be a teacher, guidance counselor, school principal or administrator, clergy member, friend's parent, doctor, or someone. If you are being abused, you can also call the abuse hotline in Florida. That will cause the Department of Children and Families to become involved in your matter.
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