Talking About Domestic Violence One Purple Purse At A Time

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Domestic violence happens more than 145 times each hour in the U.S. and on average, three women die every day as a result. It affects more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. You’d think with how prevalent it is, more people would be talking about it but they aren’t mostly because people don’t know what to say and how to help a victim.

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. Many people don’t realize that women who are victims of domestic violence are usually subject to financial abuse along with the physical abuse. They often face financial restrictions and are given limited access, if any, to bank accounts, important documents, and information about shared assets. This makes it even harder to escape the situations they find themselves in.

To get people talking about domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation created Purple Purse and PurplePurse.com. The Purple Purse was created because a purse represents the center of a woman’s financial domain and purple is the color utilized by domestic violence awareness campaigns. The website appears to be an online fashion magazine, but when the user looks more deeply, she will find a safe place with a variety of information and resources specific to the issue of domestic violence and financial empowerment.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Allstate Foundation is sending more than 1,000 purses carrying domestic violence information throughout the country. The purses will be passed between co-workers, friends, and family, sparking important conversations along the way. For every purple purse passed through the end of October, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to YWCA and will give up to $350,000 for programs aimed to help domestic violence survivors and stop the cycle of abuse.

If you don’t get your hands on one of the purple purses that are being passed around the country, you can still help by logging onto Facebook.com/PurplePurse and sharing a virtual purple purse. Each time a virtual purple purse is shared or re-shared, they will make a $5 donation to YWCA.

(Disclosure: Information and images provided to me by sponsor.)

Verizon’s HopeLine For Domestic Violence

This holiday season you can support Verizon’s fight against domestic violence.  Nearly one in four women, one in seven men, and over 3 million children have been affected by domestic violence. Wireless phones and technology can serve as a vital link to emergency or support services in a time of crisis or as a reliable, safe connection to employers, family and friends as survivors rebuild their lives.

HopeLine® from Verizon puts the nation’s most reliable network to work in the community by turning no-longer used cell phones into support for domestic violence victims and survivors. If you will be receiving a new phone this Christmas please consider donating your old phone to this great cause.

(Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Moms program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.)

Take The Brave Woman Pledge

I wrote about Brave Woman a couple weeks ago. Today I want to ask you all to join me in signing the Brave Woman pledge.

Pledge to stand up for women and children in trouble. Pledge to not turn a blind eye when you suspect something. Pledge to provide a listening ear to your friends and really listen. Pledge to support women who have left a relationship and are standing up for themselves.

These are all things that I pledge to do in 2012 and beyond because no woman or child should have to be in a situation where they are belittled, threatened, or put in harms way.

To learn more about Brave Woman you can view their website, follow them on Twitter, or “like” them on Facebook.

(Disclosure: This post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias but all thoughts are my own. #CBias #BraveWoman)

Brave Woman

Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime? With that statistic I think it’s safe to say that everyone who reads this post has either experienced violence or has a loved one or friend who has been physically abused by a domestic partner. Maybe some of you reading this are still in an abusive situation and you feel too scared to leave. Even more saddening is that someone reading this might think this abuse is somehow their fault or they may feel stuck in the situation they are in and feel like they can’t leave. To them I just want to say, it’s not your fault. You did nothing to cause this and I am begging you to reach out to someone you know and trust to help you get out of the situation you are in. Leaving a violent relationship requires one to be brave because they are leaving a situation they are familiar with but guess what? You will NEVER be alone in the journey. There is a whole network of women who want to support you and show you that you deserve a better life!

Brave Woman is an online community of people who believe that every woman who escapes domestic violence is not a victim but someone who is strong and brave. They provide support and resources to those starting their lives all over again so that they can become independent  and start the healing process. The website gives women a chance to share their stories and the opportunity to listen to and learn from women who have gone through similar situations.

Want to support the Brave Woman cause? Consider making a donation, advocating against violence, or sharing about this important topic. You can also sign the Brave Woman pledge and stand up for yourself and other women.

Brave Woman can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

(Disclosure: This post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #BraveWoman All thoughts are my own.)