Hi. thanks for writing to us. My name is***** am sorry you are this cross-roads and also to learn about your recent victimization. i hope you are healing physically and emotionally from, this scary thing. it does sound like you have a difficult decision to make. First, this is a public website so your question will be able to be seen by people via the internet depending on what they search. If you prefer not to proceed, you can email customer service to ask to have it removed.
To give you my opinion about your situation, because you state throughout your question that the financial support of your family is important and you currently have a home there, you may wish to consider staying close to them. Your suggestion about seeking a less expensive home in the area is certainly the most worthy of consideration if you are unlikely to be able to afford staying in your current house in the long-term. As your parents are in their 70's and continue to offer you support, seemingly beyond just financial, moving away form them would likely be a huge adjustment for you that you may find overwhelming. Also, should their needs increase with age, you may wish to be nearer to them to assist with things they may ask/need of you. I have known many adult children who have deeply regretted establishing life far from their aging parents as it creates dilemmas with travel, time, guilt, caregiver strain, etc. With that being said, one must always put their own needs first as we cannot be a good caregiver or support to others when our own basic needs are not met. There is also a thing in psychology referred to as the "geographical fix." it is a concept in psychology that people tend to believe that if they move, their problems will be resolved or will disappear. unfortunately, this rarely proves true as problems tend to follow individuals and moving tends to bring a new set of complications. So while moving out of necessity due to finances makes sense, moving far away to escape the woes of your current situation beyond finances may prove disappointing.
You also mentioned the prospect of working and that your mother has mentioned this as well. Working can bring so many positive things beyond just income. it can bring opportunities for socialization and relationships, a chance for growth, opportunities to be creative and use your mind, new challenges, added responsibilities, a routine schedule, etc. So if you do have the option to work, you may find great benefit to trying this before you decide moving is your best option.
I hope I have given you some things to think about as you weigh this decision. Please let me know you feedback and if you have any follow-up things to add.