Financial Safety

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If you are connected to any banking accounts with your abuser, make sure you change your passwords.

Open a new bank account. The financial devastation of abuse makes banking challenging for survivors. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to open a bank account.

Sign up for banking and credit card log in notifications to ensure you only have access to the accounts and no one else is logging into your accounts.

Alert the three credit bureaus and ask to have a fraud alert put on your credit reports:
  • Experian (888) 397-3742
  • Equifax (888) 766-0008
  • TransUnion (877) 322-8228.

A stalker may try to obtain your Social Security Number and/or mother’s maiden name to use this information to get your credit information. Putting an alert on your credit could help to prevent possible fraudulent activity and/or identity theft.

Make sure you have access to any at home smart devices, thermostat, lights, Alexa, etc. so your abuser cannot adjust and potentially increase any bills.

Look into an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program can help you pay for heat, electricity, water, and other utilities.

For additional support, please view our list of helpful apps:

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