The first time my husband knocked me down was within the first few months of our marriage. He could be the nicest guy in the world and then change on a dime into a rage monster. His rage didn’t always come at me, but as he over the years sabotaged my career and emptied my bank accounts, I became completely financially and emotionally dependent on him. We lived overseas for most of our marriage, large chunks of which I supported him completely. When we returned to the States in 2014, the emotional and physical abuse escalated. I am now left with nerve damage in my right elbow and hand. I am also suffering from well-documented PTSD. When I divorce my husband, I will lose my place to live and my health insurance. I have no close family to whom I can turn, and one can only impose on friends for so long. I need to be independent. I finally have the emotional fortitude to leave him, but I need financial support as well. I need to pay the lawyer and have enough money to move across the country to Maryland where I have an emotional support network. I’m trying to sell everything I own, but I’m only being offered one cent on the dollar for what they are worth.
The lawyer is asking $5000. A move to the East Coast will cost $4000. I will need money to find a place to live until I can find a job. I‘m guestimating $6000 will cover two months rent and a used car.