I am asking this on behalf of a friend of mine. She is currently living with her mom and her step father, and feels she is being verbally and emotionally abused. She wants to move out but her concern is that, if she does, her step father will file a restraining order preventing her from taking her belongings with her; on the same side of the coin, she is worried she will be kicked out with the same results.
On the other hand, if she notifies the police of the situation, the local authorities would send someone out to her home, setting things into motion in the same manner.
What are her legal rights to leave without having her belongings destroyed, and can she do anything without making this into a bigger mess?