Action Beyond Courage
A new project launched by Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau and made possible by a grant from People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
The Action Beyond Courage project provides advice to women affected by or at risk of domestic abuse. Below you will find accessible online guides on the subjects we know you need information about, allowing you to make informed decisions to move forward in your journey away from an abusive relationship. You can also use the box at the bottom to get one-to-one advice via web chat and/or to arrange a face-to-face appointment.
1. What are my housing rights?
Your housing rights depend on your whether you are married or not, whether you are renting or own your property jointly or not. For more information, see these information sheets.
2. Emergency Housing
If you are worried about your safety and need to leave home urgently, check out this information guide.
3. Accessing the private sector
What are the pros and cons of renting from a private landlord? What do you need to consider when thinking if this is the right housing option for you? This info guide will hopefully start to answer these questions.
4. Making a homeless presentation
You don’t have to be sleeping on the streets to be homeless. In some circumstances, your best option may be to present to the Council as homeless. They have a duty to house people who are involuntarily homeless.
5. FAQs about finances
What is financial abuse? How could I support myself financially if I leave? What if I’m on a Spousal visa? For the answer to these questions and more, follow this link.
6. Joint bank accounts/control of bank accounts
For information on dealing with joint bank accounts and opening a new account, follow this link.
7. Access to financial support, child maintenance
How could I support myself financially if I leave? More detail and information about benefits, tax credits and Universal Credit here.
8. Addressing joint debts
If you are concerned about how you are going to deal with any debts if you leave, check out this info guide and get in touch for more guidance.
9. Managing ongoing essential living expenses
If you are wondering how you will manage day to day on your own if you leave an abusive relationship, check out our basic guide to budgeting, which will appear here shortly.
10. Income Maximisation
What is Universal Credit? Are you entitled? More information to follow.
11. Challenging unfair decisions
What do you do if you have been refused a benefit or don’t agree with a decision that has been made about your benefits, tax credits, Universal Credit? See this information guide for more details.
12. Community Care & health service
If you have health issues and are considering leaving an abusive relationship, you need to ensure your care is not compromised. Info guide to follow on what to think about.
13. Protecting the right to family life
Worried about what will happen to your children if you leave an abusive partner? Check out the video to find out more about your rights. For anyone who cannot view the video, please find a transcription of the text below.
- Worried about what will happen to your children if you leave an abusive partner?
- Airdrie CAB is here to help you learn about your rights.
- Article 8 of the Human Rights Act protects your right to family and private life.
- What is meant by private life? You have the right to live with privacy and without interference by the state.
- And what is meant by family life? This includes the right to have and maintain family relationships as well as the right not to be separated from your family.
- It also covers your right to maintain contact if your family is split up.
- This is a universal right that exists for you, your partner and your children.
- Be aware, though, that Article 8 is a QUALIFIED right. This means that a public body (eg social services) could interfere with your rights IF it’s in the wider community's interest or to protect other people’s rights
- So how will this have an impact on you and your children? You may need to use the courts to resolve disputes about children, for example, who the children should live with and have contact with.
- The court will take all the family's rights under Article 8 into account
- Maybe you feel you're all alone in trying to defend your family, that there is too much information and you don't know where to turn. But there is support available to help you find a way through.
- Check out the links on our website for support organisations & more information and get help to move forward in your journey away from abuse.
- We understand that having the courage to make changes is not enough. You also need information to help you make changes & take action with confidence.
14. Social Services involvement
What is the role of a social worker? Will my children be taken away from me? Our info guide will help you answer these questions. To follow.
15. Personal Safety
Your personal safety is important and we know that if you are considering leaving an abusive relationship, you could potentially put yourself more at risk of harm. This infographic will highlight some of the most important things to consider in order to keep yourself safe. To follow.
16. Online browsing
If you are concerned about someone you live with checking up on what you have been searching for online, you may need to consider how to do this as safely as possible. Women’s Aid have already produced excellent advice on this subject. The links can be found here.
17. Legal protection routes
What legal options do you have to ensure you maintain your safety, regardless of your relationship status? More information to follow about how the courts can help.
18. Important documents
If you want to separate from your partner, these are some of the documents you will need to take with you.
For any further queries, contact Claire Thomson, our Housing & Welfare Rights Adviser on:
Phone: 01236 754109