Purple Purse: Help for domestic violence survivors

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Allstate Foundation® and Latina Bloggers Connect. All opinions expressed are my own.

Domestic violence. Financial abuse.

It’s that big, ugly elephant in the room.

We all know someone who has been affected by domestic violence and their stories are sad, scary and sometimes tragic. They are very real. With former NFL running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer in the news, it’s about time this conversation has started. We’ve all seen the TMZ footage. It’s absolutely shocking, watching a person strike another, especially when he drags her limp body out of the elevator. The fact that moves her like a sack of potatoes just makes it seem even more brutal.

Frankly, I think it’s despicable when a man hits a woman. Also, when a woman hits a man. No one should feel like it’s okay to hit the person they love because they are angry.

Growing up, I witnessed lots of domestic violence within my extended family and alcohol abuse played a big role. Within my own home, this wasn’t my experience. My parents divorced when I was seven years old, but my father never put his hands on my mother. Ever. I like to think of it as some type of frequency — the cycle of abuse is on a frequency that I just did not live on. Some people exist on that frequency and abusing others becomes this vicious cycle.

I painted this sweet little watercolor clutch bag and added a few simple decoupage flowers.

My husband has had first-hand experience in this type of situation, but out of respect for him and his family I won’t go into details. Suffice it to say, growing up in an abusive environment permeates all aspects of your life, including your own marriage.

I’m proud to partner with Allstate Foundation and their 2014 Purple Purse Challenge, which is making it fashionable to talk about domestic violence and the financial abuse that traps women in abusive relationships. Sadly, domestic violence and financial abuse often go hand in hand, but nearly 8 in 10 Americans have not heard much about financial abuse as a form of domestic violence. The number one reason survivors stay, leave or return to an abusive relationship is that they don’t have the financial means to break free.

They believe they are stuck, but they no longer have to feel this way.

Allstate wants to help break the cycle of violence. They have invested more than half a million dollars in the Purple Purse Challenge. Funds raised will support life-changing financial empowerment services to help domestic violence survivors build safer lives for themselves and their families.

This is amazing. Thank you, Allstate!

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.

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  1. Kathy Wheeler

    I am a victim of 17 years, physical, emotional, mental and now during this divorse financial. I would love to go to therapy but with what I get for allimoney I cant afford the co-pay after deducting money for rent etc… while I struggle he keeps making a good paycheck and collecting the 1000 dollar a month from our rental house that we both own together but I don’t see any of that. I could go on and on about everything he has done and still is doing to cause me more pain but do not know if this is a closed group for comments and don’t want it to effect my divorse but if closed it would be nice to talk to others, I am on line for many spport groups that are closed to help me because I can not afford professional help

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