Leaving a relationship, even one that is abusive and painful, can be a scary thing. Perhaps you have reached the point where you're ready to take control of your own life and move on, but you don't know where to go. There are so many questions when it comes to finding a place to stay, either temporarily or permanently, when you know you need to exit a toxic relationship. Some of the questions that women in your situation ask are:
- Where will I stay?
- If I find temporary emergency shelter, how long will I be able to stay?
- What happens when my temporary housing ends?
- Where will I get the money I need to live on my own?
- What about my children?
- What if I can't get by on my own?
First, know that these kinds of questions are very common, and you are not alone in your situation. Questions like these stem from real fears, and the answers are not always simple.
But there ARE people, organizations and agencies who understand these fears and are able to provide not just answers but real solutions to the obstacles standing in between a life of abuse and a life of fullness and freedom. They can help you find safe places to stay and help you learn what kind of physical, emotional and financial resources are available to you within the community. There ARE solutions. You just need a little help finding them.