1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse. If you knew, what would you do?
“This post was sponsored by The Allstate Foundation as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.”
Domestic violence is not an easy topic for anyone to talk about but that’s exactly what I’m going to do today in the hopes that it will help victims become free to leave their abusive relationships. There was a time when I thought I didn’t know anyone who was going through this experience only to learn that a very dear friend of mine was experiencing domestic violence and financial abuse from her spouse and had been for years. She hid it well but eventually, she tried to get away from the situation and it was during this time that I learned about what had been going on and the fact that he had been holding her as a hostage in her own home by making it literally impossible for her to have the funds to leave him.
At a time when we were all trying to understand how something like this could happen, and researching how she could safely get out of the situation, I didn’t know about Allstate Foundation Purple Purse. But I do now. It’s a program that is helping many people like my dear friend break free from their abuse. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has helped more than 1 million survivors break free through financial education and empowerment. It was shocking to me to learn that the #1 reason women in abusive relationships can’t leave is that they’re being financially abused. In fact, it’s the No. 1 reason victims stay in or returned to abusive relationships.
Even after leaving an abusive relationship, it’s hard for the survivors to get back on their feet. It’s not an overnight thing and emotions play a big part in their lack of confidence after something like this happens. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse drives fundraising for local, state and national nonprofits to help survivors by providing crucial financial empowerment tools and resources to those that have been financially abused. Survivors that have been physically, mentally and emotionally abused need the right resources and tools and we can help victims of financial abuse by giving to The Foundation. Any amount will help and it could be the difference of victims being able to leave. 1 in 4 women are in this situation and I was shocked at how high that percentage is. That means I probably know more women who are in a bad situation that I don’t know about.
Please take a minute to watch the following new Allstate Foundation Purple Purse video and share this post on all of your social media channels. It just might end up helping someone who is trying to break free from a seemingly impossible situation. The more we share the better chance of it landing in the right place. And if you personally are in this situation, there is help to help you get empowered to break free and stay free of your abusive relationship. You will receive the help to guide you, with assistance and support, every step of the way.