*This sponsored post was written by me in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.
Many people are unaware that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Unfortunately, many of us have been affected personally by domestic violence, myself included. Back in high school, I had a good friend who was being abused by her boyfriend and I recall how frustrated I felt and how worried I was for her welfare. I just couldn’t understand how she could continue to stay with someone who was treating her this way and I didn’t know how I could help her.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO GET HELP?
The scariest moment for me was when her boyfriend beat her in the car with his friends present and then kicked her out of the car. As she recounted the story to me and I gazed upon her badly bruised face, I knew that I had to do something to help her because I was afraid that he was going to kill her. I was able to get help from teachers whom we trusted and they gave her the guidance that she needed to get help and to get away from this abusive situation.
As time went on, I was able to get through to her about how she deserved to be treated with respect and love which gave her the strength to finally break away from him permanently. Luckily, I had strong women around me who rallied around us and gave my friend the support that she needed to break this vicious cycle of abuse. She has recovered from this experience and is stronger because of it. These days, she is a college graduate in a healthy and loving relationship with a man who values her and treats her like gold. Sadly, not all domestic abuse situations end this way and women are still losing their lives as a result of it.
THE TRUTH ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
The Allstate Foundation understands that a woman’s best chance at escaping this cycle of abuse is by gaining financial independence. For the third year in a row, its Purple Purse campaign has pledged to donate up to $350,000 to the YWCA for programs designed at assisting survivors of domestic violence and other women in need. Although domestic violence impacts millions, it is still considered a taboo subject by many and the Purple Purse campaign allows people to talk about it and to easily disseminate information about how to get help to others by passing the “Purple Purse.”
Many times, not having the financial resources or financial knowledge will be the deciding factor in whether a battered woman will leave, stay, or even return to an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is not a subject that is just going to go away, as a matter of fact, it affects one in four women throughout their lifetime which is more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer affect combined. Sadly, one third of all Americans have not even discussed the issue with family or friends perpetuating the stigma around it.
THE PURPLE PURSE CAMPAIGN:
The Allstate Foundation is sending more than 1000 purple purses throughout the country containing information about domestic violence awareness to be shared with colleagues, family members and friends. The hope is that these purses will spark the conversations about domestic violence that we all need to have.
For every purse that is passed or shared through the month of October, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to YWCA for a total amount of $350,000 to aid programs that are designed to assist the victims of domestic violence and to help them end the cycle of abuse.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
This is one of those times when I really need all of you to lend your support. Here is what you can do to help!
- Clicks on the virtual purse link above either here on the blog or on my social media accounts, and pass the purse by entering the code 0003 on the card into www.purplepurse.com
- Once you do so, a $5 donation will be initiated from Allstate Foundation to the YWCA for programs that support victims of domestic violence and build financial empowerment.
- Share this link and code with as many people as possible and “Pass the Purple Purse” to help as many victims of domestic violence as possible!
If you need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224
Let’s Discuss: Why do you think it is so difficult for people to talk about domestic violence?
Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect and The Allstate Foundation. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products or services I use personally and I believe will be “family friendly.” I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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