My sixteen-year-old daughter ran away from home last week. I am so worried about her. My relatives have seen her and have called to let me know the area she is in but she seems to be moving around so I don’t have an exact location, otherwise, I would send the police after her to bring her home. She doesn’t agree with our religious beliefs and thinks we are too strict on her. He father thinks she should be whipped when she gets home and says she is a bad person. He also blames me for her behavior. I don’t know what else I could have done to raise her better. I want my daughter to come back home but I don’t think she will while her father is so angry. What else can I do?
Your goal here might be to get your daughter settled in a place where she feels safe. It looks like she is so afraid of her father that she isn’t willing to live in the same house with him anymore. It is very hard on a child’s self-esteem to be criticized and punished for every little thing. They need love and nurturing as well. Your husband thinks that if he punishes her enough she will be perfect. She will be resentful and angry and this is why she has run away. You may need to find family or friends for her to stay with.
If she is forced to come home and your husband beats her, call Child Protective Services and make sure she has a place where she can be safe and live without fear. If you don’t protect her she will just run away again.