This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect, however, all opinions are my own.
This is not an easy thing to talk about, in fact, it's one of the hardest topics to address. As difficult as it may be to talk about, it is a topic that definitely needs to be addressed. I'm talking about domestic violence. Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime. What a scary statistic right? How about this: 1 in 4 women is more than women affected by breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.
To be clear, I've never been a victim of domestic violence. Although I've never been a victim myself, both my husband and myself have been witness to domestic violence and have our own very different personal experiences with it. (Out of respect for our families, I have chosen not to go into the unfortunate details.) However, I feel that within my culture, domestic violence and financial abuse has been all too common in the past. For a long time, women would start families and get married before they were financially stable and would have to rely solely on the man in the relationship. Most people only think of the physical abuse, however, financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence.
Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is bringing awareness to financial abuse. I had never considered financial abuse as a form of domestic abuse before now. But in 98 percent of all cases of domestic violence, it is financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. 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. The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is working hard to change that. By raising awareness and funds for more than 140 national, state and local domestic violence organizations, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse aims to break the cycle of violence in our nation, one family at a time.
PurplePurse.com has important tips and tools to help you recognize domestic violence and financial abuse, talk about it and end it. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors are not financially trapped in an abusive relationship by joining the Purple Purse Challenge. Open your heart and wallet to stand up for survivors and the organizations that serve them at PurplePurse.com.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.