The following is a sponsored conversation about the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program. Statistics were provided and opinions expressed are that of my own.
Could you imagine being in an abusive relationship, and your financial circumstances making it almost impossible to escape?
Domestic Abuse has recently been brought to the forefront of the media as an issue, however it has always been a serious problem. One in four women in their lifetime, will be affected by Domestic Abuse and in 98% of the cases Financial Abuse is also happening.
Financial Abuse occurs when a victim is put at a disadvantage by her abuser. Whether her credit has been ruined, she is harassed at work and ultimately loses her job, or is left with crushing debt, the lack of monetary resources is the number one reason why a survivor would choose to stay or return to a dangerous situation.
Since 2005, the Allstate Foundation has invested more than $40 million across the country to help domestic violence survivors. Through the Purple Purse initiative, steps are being taken to stand-up to this form of abuse and give survivors the financial means with which to break free.
Between September 2nd and October 3rd you can also help make a difference in survivors lives by donating to the Purple Purse Challenge. Funds can be donated to support a non-profit near you, and this contribution will also help towards them receiving incentive funding through the Allstate Foundation.
Plus, if you donate at least $10 to any organization in the challenge, you will be entered in for a chance to win a daily drawing. Prizes are one of three limited edition purple purses designed by Emmy Nominated Actress and Domestic Violence Activist Kerry Washington.
Look for 140+ organizations as well as Allstate agency owners wearing a Special Charm to show their support of the Purple Purse Challenge.
Has Domestic Abuse been a subject recently discussed between you and your circles? Are you aware of programs in your community that helps survivors?
For more information about the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse visit purplepurse.com. If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Did you know that two-thirds of Americans believe that Domestic Abuse is a serious problem, however only 1 in 3 have ever talked about it? I think it is time to start some more conversations.