This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
"I want to leave him, I know I should leave him...but I can't."
A statement we've all probably heard one too many times. A close relative of mine was a victim of domestic violence and like many women she left the abusive relationship only to come right back. "Why?" you might ask. Many of us only think of physical abuse when we consider domestic violence. Yet, financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence and is the number one reason domestic violence survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship. As the primary caretaker of her two young daugthers, she was unable to financially support herself and her young children because she lacked the financial resources and education. Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just 1 in 3 have ever talked about it. I decided to participate in the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge to break the silence and spread awarness about this difficult topic.
In 2013, I created a blog post about domestic violence and how the Allstate Foundation is investing money and raising awareness by creating Purple Purse. Purple Purse was chosen because a purse represents the center of a woman's financial domain and purple is the national color of domestic violence awareness. This year Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to make it fashionable to talk about domesitc violence and financial abuse, they have distributed Purple Purse charms so you can attach it to your favoirte bag and show your support year round (below). They've also teamed up with Emmy-nominated actress and domestic violence activist, Kerry Washington. She is serving as a Purple Purse ambassador to help raise awareness for the cause and has designed a limited-edition Coach purple purse (below) from start to finish. The program ignites fundraising for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations. Funds raised will support life-changing empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families.
We can all do our part to help ensure domestic violence survivors aren't financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. The Allstate Foundation is investing more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. The more donations each nonprofit gets, the more
Allstate Foundation funding the organization is eligible to receive.
Visit PurplePurse.com to join the Challenge and help a nonprofit near you. The website also has important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.