Keeping my blog up is a lot of work on top of working a full and part time job, but I find that it is really rewarding and I love bring the products and campaigns to my readers. Here is one that I think is very important. Recently a lot of news has focused on domestic violence and I wanted to shed some more light on it and let you know there is help out there if you need it.
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is making it fashionable to talk about domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. The 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.
Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. In most cases not only is a woman physical abused, 98% of the time she is financial abused. She may stay in a relationship because she has no financial resources to live on her own. Financial abuse is just as effective in controlling an abused victim as a lock and key. If her credit has been ruined, she can’t get an apartment. If her abuser constantly harasses her at work, she can lose her job. And, crushing debt run up by an abuser means it could take a survivor and her children years to fully recover from abuse.
You can help ensure domestic violence survivors – likely someone you know – aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship 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. Go to PurplePurse.com between Sept. 2 and Oct. 3 to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you.
PurplePurse.com has important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse. It needs to be talked about and it needs to end. The Purple Purse charms are a way to show your support. Attach it to your favorite bag year round. The charm comes with an inspiring survivor story. You can receive a Purple Purse charm through Purple Purse Challenge participants and Allstate agency owners.
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.
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.