Domestic violence is not something that is a new term to most people. Something that may be though is financial abuse. I am fully aware of this term as it is something that I have seen in my own life. Thanks to Allstate, it is my hope that everyone will soon know what financial abuse is and how to recognize it as well as help women in that situation.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let’s start with some facts…
- Domestic violence affects one in four women in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
- 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.
- Two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem, yet just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it.
- 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.
Now let’s talk about Allstate’s Purple Purse campaign. Please, if you read nothing else on this blog, read this.
Allstate wants to make domestic violence and financial abuse something that is in the forefront of people’s minds. They want it to be something that is talked about and people work together to make these sad, scary situations better. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors, maybe even someone you know, aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. How? You can open your heart and your 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. You can help an organization in your own area by going to PurplePurse.com between now and October 3rd and making a donation.
“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.”
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. I can’t wait to add one of these Purple Purse charms to my own purse to show my support for all those that are dealing with financial abuse.
This is not a new cause for Allstate. 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. I would like to thank them for their dedication to helping women break free of those that keep them a “prisoner” to finances.
Living with domestic violence because of finances should not happen! Feeling trapped because of money, or lack of rather, is something that no women should ever have to deal with.