MFBS readers, I love the work I do for this blog. Education, parenting, books, health, giveaways and fashion are all topics I REALLY enjoy writing about. But when presented with the opportunity to raise awareness for a very serious issue such as domestic violence, I’m going to do a post on it too. What’s so remarkable about this Allstate Foundation Purple Purse campaign is that I get to write about a cause I feel passionate about and YOU have the opportunity to make a huge difference by reading and clicking on to empower.
Domestic violence is an issue that impacts millions, but few talk about it. Purple Purse 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.
A 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 provides a conversation starter.
YOU can help a great deal by just clicking here (or here) and typing in this code: 0003. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and for every purple purse passed through the end of October, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to YWCA. They will give up to $350,000 for programs aimed to help domestic violence survivors and stop the cycle of abuse.
Some more facts:
Domestic violence affects one in four women in their lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
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.
There’s a little more you can do for me, please. Join the Allstate Foundation Twitter Party on October 9, 2013 and use #PurplePurse.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224 for safety planning, assistance and resources in your area.