Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation. All opinions expressed are my own.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is sad that there is only one month, because it is important to have a way to create awareness about a big problem. Domestic violence is an issue that impacts millions of people, but few talk about it. The Purple Purse campaign helps people carry on conversations and pass information about domestic violence and financial abuse by placing the power directly into people’s hands with a purple purse.
Did you know that Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. It is a huge problem and a problem not everyone likes to talk about. Yes the majority of Americans agree that domestic violence is tough to talk about. More than one-third of Americans have never discussed the issue with family or friends and Purple Purse will motivate people to have this conversation.
I knew someone that was victim of domestic violence and the girl kept making excuses for her bruises and she now says that she thought things were going to get better. Reality was that things got worse, she ended up on the hospital. The cycle usually never stops. Victims of domestic violence need to feel comfortable to talk about it.
Domestic Violence affects people of all ages, races and social status, however statistics show that lacking financial knowledge and resources is the number one indicator of whether a domestic violence victim will stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship.
Pass it on! Pass the Purple Purse: You can get involved and raise awareness for domestic violence by sharing virtual purple purses. For every purple purse passed through the end of October, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to YWCA. Passing the purple purse we can raise up to $350,000 for programs aimed to help domestic violence survivors and stop the cycle of abuse! All you need to do is visit www.PurplePurse.com and enter the purse code 0003 along with your zip code.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence (or know someone that is) and need assistant you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)