Did you know that domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime? That’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
When you hear the words domestic violence, what comes to mind? Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence. Yet, financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped.
Talking about domestic violence can be hard for anyone even though two-thirds of Americans believe that it is a serious problem.
Domestic violence really hits close to my heart. Not only have I been a victim in the past, it’s something that I grew up around as well. That’s why I’m happy to hear that The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to make it fashionable to talk about this difficult topic. Their program ignites fundraising for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations. Funds raised will support life-changing financial empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to break the cycle of violence in our nation – one family at a time.
You can help ensure domestic violence survivors (likely someone you know) by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more it can compete for Allstate Foundation incentive funding. Go to PurplePurse.com between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you.The purse was created to represent the center of a woman’s financial domain and to inspire women to reclaim their financial independence.
To turn any purse into a Purple Purse, The Allstate Foundation is widely distributing Purple Purse charms so you can show your support and attach to your favorite bag year round. They are being distributed with inspiring survivor stories through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners. Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $40 million across the country to help domestic violence survivors regain control of their finances and break free from abuse.
You can visit PurplePurse.com to learn tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse, talk about it and end it.
You can get involved by visiting bit.ly/PurplePurse_2014.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Do you know someone that has been affected by domestic violence?