Relationship breakdown If you and your partner no longer wish to remain in the relationship and you have reached the point where you have decided to leave, you should carefully think about the following points: If you and your partner own or are buying a property and you have no dependent children, you should stay in the property until you have made a legal agreement about your share of the money in the property. You should make sure that you have suitable alternative accommodation to go to prior to leaving the property. If you and your partner live in rented accommodation with a joint tenancy and you have no dependent children you should make sure before leaving that the rent payments are up to date, your name is taken off the tenancy and that the landlord is told of the day that you leave the property. You should not leave the property first without first getting suitable alternative accommodation. If you and your partner do have dependent children it is in the interest of the children that they stay in the family home with the person who is responsible for their primary care, even if the family home is in your partner’s name. If you own or are buying the property you should get legal advice about your interest in the property before leaving. If the property is rented you should make sure before leaving the property that the ren payments are up to date, your name is taken off the tenancy and the landlord is aware of the date you moved out. You should not leave the property until you have first found suitable alternative accommodation. Domestic Abuse There are many forms of domestic abuse including emotional, physical, financial, mental and sexual. If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse or violence and needs to leave, the housing options team can help. Trafford’s Housing Options Service can give help and advice if you are being abused by someone who lives with you or someone who used to live you. You can have an interview with a member of staff of the same sex if you wish and the team will deal sensitively and confidentially with anything you tell them. Advice and support is available 24hours a day, including weekends. The Trafford Independent Domestic Violence Advice (IDVA) provides free and confidential advice to both female and male victims / survivors of domestic violence and abuse, honour-based violence and forced marriage. They have produced a leaflet which has more information on IDVA. Free legal surgery for victims of domestic abuse Trafford Victim Support offers a free and confidential family law advice clinic for victims of domestic abuse. The clinic is run in partnership with MI Banks solicitors and provides clients with one free initial advice session of up to 45 minutes with a qualified family law solicitor. The clinic is by appointment only, booked through Trafford Victim Support, every Thursday at Sale Waterside. Telephone Trafford Victim Support for more information or to make an appointment: 0161 912 3238 Housing Options Service Trafford We can arrange emergency, temporary safe accommodation; this may be out of the Trafford area. Your whereabouts will be kept secret and the cost of any rent if you are not working or on a low income will usually be covered by Housing Benefit. We will also help you access the Housing Register if this is what you want to do. We can put you in contact with other services that will be able to give you help. We will also give you information on other options available to you, such as taking out injunctions against the person abusing you, help in setting up a sanctuary scheme if you want to stay in your home (this will include extra security measures) and also putting you in touch with an Outreach Worker. Contact HOST You may also want to look at websites provided by external agencies in relation to domestic violence.