Disclosure: This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All thoughts are my own.
I know it’s hard to talk about domestic violence. I wouldn’t have to talk about it if it didn’t happen. Trust me, I wish I didn’t have to have this talk on my blog but the statistics are shocking – Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime. That’s more women than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined. Chances are you know someone who is suffering or who has suffered. Domestic violence isn’t only physical abuse. Financial abuse happens in 98% of all domestic violence cases and is one of the most powerful ways to keep a victim trapped. 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.
In my former career, I was a manager. That title comes with big responsibility, not only to the company I worked for but to my staff. When you have a big staff that you work with 40-60 hours a week, you get to know them. You see the tears and bruises. You listen to the stories. You answer questions. Last year when I first got involved with Purple Purse, I shared a story about one of my employees and I wish that was the only story I could tell. A few years ago, I listened to a pregnant employee tell me her brand new husband tried to kill them both while they were in the car. He would speed up and slam the brakes while she was screaming and crying that he was going to kill them and the baby. Eventually she left him, not that night but she did a couple years later. Life is too short, we can do better.
Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested more than $40 million across the country to help domestic violence survivors regain control of their finances and break free from abuse. You can help ensure domestic violence survivors – likely someone you know – aren’t 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.