Domestic Violence is violent or aggressive behavior within the home, and typically involves abuse of a person who is supposed to feel loved. Domestic Violence is horrible, which is why I am thankful to have the opportunity to share The Purple Purse campaign with you. I know you are going to want to do your part, and share The Purple Purse.
The first time someone I thought loved me raised his hand, I was shocked. I was 17 years old, he was 20 and what started out to be a slap, slowly began snowballed. Thankfully I was gone before things got worse. Of course, I never said anything to my father. I knew better, sure I was mad that I was slapped, but the thought of my dad in jail over a man who would raise his hand to a women was not a chance I was willing to take.
Growing up I was a daddy’s girl, he thought me right from wrong, and also helped me understand that a man should never raise his hand to a women. My father openly discussed domestic violence with us, and let us know he was there for us if anything ever happened. I never witnessed my parents being violent with one another, or raising their voices passed a certain point. When I was a little kid it’s just the way things were around my house. Now that I am an adult i realize how lucky I am to have had the childhood I did. Regardless of how well we were raised, or how much we talked about domestic violence I think we still experience it in some way.
I have had several friends, and family members who I know have suffered abuse in the home, but do you think they would ever admit it? They would make up lies, those bruises on their face were from falling down stairs, or a car door smashed their arm. It was always something, and you can only push so much before they stop coming around completely because they do not want to talk about it. Domestic violence is horrible. It’s horrible so many women thing they deserve to be abuses, it’s horrible they are scared to leave, it’s horrible they don’t feel they are worth more, and it’s horrible someone could hurt the person they are supposed to love, but don’t think that just women are hurt by domestic violence.
It’s important to remember that it’s not just women who are victims of domestic violence. Men are victims of physical abuse, and children are also victims of domestic violence. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but we should not ignore the fact that it happens to both genders, and even worse a child. Sadly, domestic violence impacts millions of people; men, women, and children, but we wouldn’t know because it often goes without being talked about for different reasons. Women often stay, or leave to return to an abusive relationship because they lack financial knowledge and resources. They are worried they cannot take care of themselves or their kids if they leave.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and The Allstate Foundation has started a really neat campaign – The Purple Purse. The Purple Purse campaign is to urge people to openly talk about domestic violence. The purse represents the center of a women’s financial domain and I have a virtual purse for you to help me pass around all over the country to start conversations about domestic violence, and empower those who are impacted by it to start talking about the issue.
Domestic violence impacts millions of people, but we wouldn’t know because it often goes without being talked about. The Purple Purse is to help people open up and talk about domestic violence, and pass on information about domestic violence and financial abuse.
Did you know that one in four women experience some degree of domestic violence in their life? Did you know that more than one-third of Americans have never had a conversation about domestic violence with a family or friend? Domestic violence happens more than 145 times each hour in the United States. On average, three women die each day as a result. The Purple Purse is an awesome way to encourage people to change things, and start talking about it.
How the Purple Purse Helps
The Purple Purse is more than a conversation starter, it also helps raise money. Every time the purse is passed The Allstate Foundation will donate $5! That’s HUGE, think about how many times we can pass this one purse around… Who knows where it could end up by tomorrow morning? The Allstate Foundation has agreed to donate $5 to the YMCA every time the purse is passed up to $350,000 for programs put focus on helping domestic violence survivors and help try to put a stop to this horrible abuse.
Visit PurplePurse.com to follow the purple purses on their journey around the country, track the YWCA’s progress toward their goal to earn $350,000 from The Allstate Foundation and get tips to help you start talking about domestic violence.
Passing The Purple Purse
Don’t stop now – Pass The Purple Purse! It’s easy, all you need to do to pass my purse is visit PurplePurse.com, enter my Purse Code (0003), which can be found on the above image, and enter your zip code. The campaign will last until October 31, 2013 or until the goal of $350,000 is reached.
Visit PurplePurse.com to follow the purple purses on their journey around the country, track the YWCA’s progress toward their goal to earn $350,000 from The Allstate Foundation and get tips to help you start talking about domestic violence. If you need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
Allstate Foundation Twitter Party
Want to do more? Join the twitter party by following the hashtag #PurplePurse on October 3rd at 8:00pm EST.
Join me in passing a Purple Purse during the month of October and help YWCA reach their goal of $350,000.
There are 1,300 purses filled with domestic violence inforamtion and facts that are being distributed all over the US. Each purse has a goal of being passed between family, friends, community leaders, celebrites, media, bloggers, and Allstate employeees sparking those important disscusions and helping to reaise awarness. The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 each time a purse is passed and checked-in, so be sure and use purse at PurplePurse.com. Remember to pass the purse – Visit PurplePurse.com and enter purse number 0003, and pass it on to someone else to help raise more money!