Always keep your guard up when you’re homeless. People will victimize you. Beware of whom you accept help from. Never trust easily. Trust is a two way street, and is always to be earned. Being a single mom and homeless puts a woman is the perfect vulnerable position to becoming a victim of abuse. It presents the perfect opportunity for predators aka abusers to take advantage of you, by offering you help. Abuse begins slowly, and grows gradually. It can often begin by yelling, which is a form of verbal, then the abusive words that are spoken begin affecting you on a mental level. If they begin trying to tear you down, by bashing on you, and raising their voice in front of your kids, know that it greatly affects your kids. It can even anger them, or confuse and scare them. It can even go as far as physical abuse. In most cases, people end up hurt or even dead. That’s when someone puts their hand on either you or your kids. Abusers exercise a form of control on all levels. If you offer them money, they will refuse it, which is a form of mind control. To make you think they are actually a good person. They are just trying to confuse you. If it ever gets to that point, know that there is help. You can RUN! And you must play it smart, get your important things, such as documents, grab your kids and run! There is a hotline you can call. People will come and pick you and your kids up and take you to a safe house. They even have a rear-facing, infant car seat.