Can anyone help with going about an emancipation or moving out before you're 18?

My boyfriend is 17 and has been living in an abusive home since his mother remarried. He wants to move out this year but does not want to have to go to the police. He has a place to live once he moves out and he has a job. Is there a way he can move out before he turns 18, or would he have to become emancipated... show more My boyfriend is 17 and has been living in an abusive home since his mother remarried. He wants to move out this year but does not want to have to go to the police. He has a place to live once he moves out and he has a job. Is there a way he can move out before he turns 18, or would he have to become emancipated and if he became emancipated how do we go about that and how long does it take?
Update: The state is maine
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