Domestic Violence, Financial Abuse and The Purple Purse Challenge

Today’s post is sponsored by The Allstate Foundation’s The Purple Purse Challenge and MomSelect.  Opinions shared are my own.

While two-thirds of Americans believe domestic violence is a serious problem, just over 1 in 3 have ever talked about it.

Let that sink in for a minute.  First, that means that the other third of the population either doesn’t think domestic violence is a serious problem, or they just don’t care either way.  Second, that means that only half of the people who acknowledge the problem will ever talk about it.  Today, we’re going to talk about it.

Here are some domestic violence facts for you:

Financial Abuse The Purple Purse Challenge

Those are scary numbers.

I have personally watched friends struggle through Financial Abuse.  Financial Abuse is just as effective in controlling an abused victim as a lock and key.  Ruined credit?  Can’t get an apartment.  Harassed at work?  Bye-bye job.  When you have no money and no way to leave, what choice do you have other than to stay?

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.  This is where the Purple Purse Challenge comes into play.  You can help ensure Domestic Violence survivors – likely someone you know, whether you’re aware of it or not – by joining the Purple Purse Challenge and help a non-profit local to you gain much needed funding to help stop the cycle.  Please take a moment to go learn about The Purple Purse Challenge and what you can do to help those in your community who are suffering through Domestic Violence.

If you or someone you know are a victim of Domestic Violence of any kind, don’t wait to call for help.  Reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).  It can be the difference in life and death.

With the statistics being what they are, how many of you have been or know someone who has been affected by Domestic Violence?

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