1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse. If you knew, what would you do?

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.

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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.

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse. If you knew, what would you do? #FreeToWalk #TBD, #IC, #ad

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.

You can find additional resources by visiting Purple Purse on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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  1. I was fortunate to have gotten out of an abusive relationship. My ex husband was a true blue momma’s boy who refused to work and depended on him mom to give him an “allowance.” I have had enough because I felt there was no future with him. Packed my bags, took the kids and I moved in with my mom. End of the relationship. I would gladly support Purple Purse Foundation because I know how it feels to be a victim of abuse.

  2. You never know because so many abusers appear to be the nicest people in the world. I think it’s awesome that Allstate is doing their part to help.

  3. Thank you for sharing information about this organization. I’m not familiar with it, but I plan to donate. I was a victim of financial abuse, and I’m finally recovering years later. I ended up filing for bankruptcy last year and moving into a mobile home to lower expenses.

    When I lived with my ex, he refused to pay a single penny of our shared expenses. I got stuck paying 100% of rent, electric, diapers (I had 2 kids in diapers at the time plus an older child), formula, food, etc. He worked but kept his money private and refused to help support our family, and I couldn’t legally kick him out until I went to court against him. Such a nightmare, and I have a lot of anger about the situation because people mistakenly assumed he was the sole provider and I was a stay-at-home mom (I’m a work-at-home mom – I earn a full-time income to support my family). I have other emotions too, but I’m working on dealing with them. I have no desire to date/marry anyone at the moment, so I still have a long way to go.

  4. I have written about the campaign on my blog as well in the past so I am very familiar with it, Domestic Violence is something that can to happen to anyone, the important thing is having ‘your escape plan’ in place, no one should ever tolerate abuse!

  5. I have found myself in an abusive relationship. Thankfully, it wasn’t physical but the effects are still hard to deal with. He ended it and it was very hard but in the end, I saw that it wasn’t a healthy relationship. :(

    It is hard to get out when you are stuck in the middle. Having a good friend to help is key.

  6. I had to divorce my ex because he become abuse (emotionally and mentally with me and physically with my kids ‘mainly my son’ ) I knew him 2 years prior to getting married and having kids and would have NEVER thought he was capable of it… but he was abused as a child and therefore that’s all he knew a family to be! I’m glad I’m out of there and my kids most importantly. I never knew how funny my son was until recently when he finally let his guard down and began to live a normal ‘boy’ life. I love that you are spreading awareness on the matter and of Purple purse foundation!

  7. This is a hard subject to discuss, and I am glad you and Allstate Foundation are bringing it up, and talking about it. I am glad there is an initiative in place to help out!

  8. It is so important o raise awareness for domestic abuse. I know many women think “this will never happen to me” but it does! This is such a great campaign and cause! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. What a great campaign! I think financial empowerment is really a game changer in many tough situations in life. If you can master your money, you can give yourself many open doors!

  10. It is so important to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. Domestic violence comes in so many forms including physical, mental, and emotional. If you even suspect someone is being abused, it’s always best to report it. For those who are being abused, you don’t have to stand by and take it, there are places that can help.

  11. My birth mother was physically abused, which later meant I went to live with my grandmother. It was an awful situation that went on for years. It is definitely a cycle that is tough to get out of and tough to break for many.

  12. This is a great campaign. I experienced domestic violence in my marriage. For 7 years I never told my family or friends. They would have helped me if I needed it, but they had no idea.

  13. Domestic abuse is much more common than people know. I’m glad that Allstate supports survivors and victims with their Purple Purse foundation.

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