Leaving an abusive household is one of the bravest and most challenging decisions anyone can make. While the road to financial stability may be challenging, know that you are not alone. By seeking support, creating a plan, and taking proactive steps to rebuild your life, you can overcome the obstacles and create a brighter future for yourself. Remember, you deserve to live a life free from abuse and full of possibility. 
 
Seek Support: The first step in rebuilding your life after leaving an abusive household is to seek support. Reach out to organisations that specialise in helping survivors of abuse. These resources can provide invaluable guidance, emotional support, and practical assistance in helping with your financial situation. 
 
Create a Budget: Assess your financial situation by creating a budget. List all sources of income, including any benefits, child support, or employment income. Then, outline your expenses, including rent, utilities, groceries, travel, and any other necessities. Be realistic about your financial needs and prioritise essential expenses. 
 
Explore Housing Options: Housing often represents the most significant expense for individuals leaving abusive households. Explore affordable housing options such as refuges, or shared living arrangements, living with friends or family. Contact your local housing team and they will be able to help with your options. 
 
Maximise Available Resources: Take advantage of any available resources and support programs and consider seeking assistance from local charities, churches, or community organisations that offer support to individuals in need. 
 
Build Savings: if you are able, start building an emergency fund to cover unexpected expenses and provide a financial safety net. Even small contributions to savings can add up over time and provide peace of mind knowing that you have a financial cushion in case of emergencies. 
 
Seek Legal Assistance: If you're dealing with issues such as divorce, child custody, or obtaining a protective order against your abuser, seek legal assistance from professionals experienced in handling cases involving domestic abuse. Some legal organisations offer free or low-cost services to survivors in need. 
 
If you would like to talk to someone about domestic abuse, you can contact our 24-hour helpline on 01482 446099 
 
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