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Updated: Jun 28
We received this interesting guide from Anastasiia Staples on ‘Navigating financial help when leaving an abusive relationship’. Among other tips, this guide also references schemes for financial assistance of domestic violence survivors.
Here are a few excerpts from the guide. Please make sure you read this guide with relevance to the country context and cross-verify the availability of resources as per your local context.
For many survivors, the first step to securing housing is moving into a women’s shelter. Since many of them typically offer housing for up to 30 days, they’re often called emergency shelters (in certain cases the length of stay may be extended). Advocates in shelters can also assist in other important matters such as getting a restraining order and applying for various types of financial assistance.
Getting financial help may be difficult, according to Ariel Gliboff, domestic violence advocate, survivor and host of the podcast The Domestic Violence Discussion. Still, don’t be discouraged to reach out or ask your advocate to help you. It’s best to know what is and isn’t available to you before crossing things off of your list. There’s a great variety of programs, many of them local. “Resources for survivors are going to vary by state. In my opinion, the best bet is to call the NDVH,” Ryan recommends. “They can find resources in whatever location the survivor needs, and they offer services in over 200 languages and services for deaf survivors.”
Legal issues often complicate matters even further for survivors. Some need to file for a restraining order, others seek to secure custody over their children and others face immigration fears.
“Orders of Protection (restraining orders) are available at most city and county courts,” Ryan explains. “Often, if a domestic violence survivor cannot afford the court fee for the order of protection, the court will waive the fee.”
Many nonprofits offer advice on how to prepare for a protective order hearing and send advocates to be there for the survivor on the day of the hearing.
Mental health and emotional recovery
As you’re working to support yourself and your children financially, it can be easy to forgo the importance of emotional recovery. It’s possible to find group or individual counseling from nonprofit organizations at a very low cost or free of charge, as well as psychotherapy on a sliding scale. If you’re eligible for Medicaid, it may cover your mental health treatment costs as well.
If you’re taking prescription drugs, look into patient assistance programs that allow low-income individuals to access prescription drugs at a lower rate or free of charge.
Starting your life anew after such a traumatic experience isn’t easy and comes with many challenges. Even the help that’s available isn’t always possible to get, but don’t give up. Keep seeking it, and it will come – sometimes from where you least expect it."
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About the Author - Anastasiia is a reporter for CreditCards.com and covers product news and credit advice. She loves sharing financial expertise with her readers and believes that the right financial advice at the right time can make a real difference."
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