In behalf of my niece in georgia I am trying to see what her legal options are.
She is 17 and will be 18 in Feb.
She ran away from an abusive father (verbal, emotional, sometimes physical and suspicions of sexual abuse at an early age).
The father kicked her out several times and then calls the police to report her as runaway. Recently he locked her out and smashed her cell phone. She called police to help her get back in to get her things and they turned it around on her, making it seem she was bad and that if she leaves home she will go to jail.
Well now she has left home and is too scared to go home or go to school for fear the police will take her from school to jail.
She is an honor student who, without exaggerating, has not missed a day of school in her life. She has now been out for a week, hiding out.
She doesn't really want to go back home.
I would like to know what options she has if she doesn't want to go home and doesn't want trouble with the police.
Can she safely turn herself in and not be dragged to jail?
If she can't feel safe at home what can she do at this point and can she safely go back to school?