This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Domestic violence…a pretty heavy topic right? Not silly, or snarky, or fun like a lot of stuff you’re used to seeing on this site, but it is important and it’s a topic that I can’t just pass over and pay no attention to when the opportunity arises. See, what most of you don’t realize is that I know the effects of domestic violence first hand because I lived it for several years, and I survived it. Some days I wasn’t sure if that was going to be the case and that’s why I am in love with what The Allstate Foundation is doing through the Purple Purse challenge.
You see, most of you didn’t know that little tid bit of information because it’s not something that I have openly shared with everyone in the past. Not because I was embarrassed, or ashamed, or angry, but because it was just something that I wanted to pretend didn’t happen. Truth be told I’ve always prided myself in being a very strong individual so admitting that I was a victim or a “statistic” wasn’t something that I was willing to do….a lot can be said for stubborn pride. But the truth is that it happened, I was a victim, and now I’m in a position to make others aware that this problem is much more common that anyone wants to admit. There’s a good chance that the majority of you reading this have either suffered or know someone who has suffered some form of domestic abuse and it’s time we all take notice.
In case you aren’t aware, October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and purple is the designated color of support which is where the Allstate Purple Purse Challenge comes in to play. 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.
Did You Know:
* Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
* 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. The number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial resources to break free.
Crazy right? You don’t always think of financial issues being a part of domestic abuse, but trust me…it absolutely is even if I hadn’t really thought about it from that perspective before. The good news is that someone has recognized this problem and is trying to help. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. Even Kerry Washington, Emmy-nominated actress and domestic violence activist, is serving as a Purple Purse ambassador to help raise awareness for the cause and has designed a limited-edition purple purse. The purse was created to represent the center of a woman’s financial domain and to inspire women to reclaim their financial independence.
How to Get Help
If you are interested in finding out more I urge you to go to PurplePurse.com for important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse, talk about it and end it. 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. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Have you or someone you know been affected by domestic violence? Will you be taking the Purple Purse Challenge? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!