I am a 22 year old woman fleeing abuse. I have recently found myself in a position where I am in extreme financial duress. I was with my abuser for 4 years, and left 2 months ago in the middle of the night because I feared for my life. I went through extreme emotional and mental abuse, I was threatened constantly with a gun to my face, I was raped multiple times and sexually exploited. My abuser cut me off from family and friends, and prevented me from obtaining employment. I have been on employment insurance for a year now and just received my last payment which was less than half of what I was expecting. My family is very poor and is unable to financially help me, or let me stay at their houses. I have found a cheap room to rent that is located close to my eating disorder out patient program. I have struggled with an eating disorder for over 10 years now, and am trying very hard to recover. My financial situation is very serious. I have maxed out my visa while trying to obtain work, while I also do school upgrades through correspondance so that I can better my life. I am a very frugal person and do not live beyond my means. I have been living off of my visa, in the negative for awhile now and finally it has reached the breaking point where I do not have anything left. Not only has my visa been maxed out, I cannot afford to pay my phone bill, which will prevent me from being able to obtain a job. I don't have any money at all. I cannot get myself to the food bank because I live far from the closest location and do not drive or have money for the bus. I do not like asking for money but at this point I really don't know what to do. I feel extremely hopeless and am trying my hardest to stay away from my ex. I am still in the process of talking with the police and using their protection. I would be SO thankful for any help, if anyone can relate and/or has the funds for even just a small item of food I would be eternally greatful. I have never been in such a low place in my life. If you have any questions about my situation please feel free to ask.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.