This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The Allstate Foundation is spreading awareness for Domestic Violence with the Purple Purse Campaign. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and along with my campaign I am running the entire month, so is Allstate running this Pass The Purse campaign. 1,000 Purses will be going out all over the country-each purse has a unique code to enter online so you can track that purse! Passing the Purple Purse means you have sparked a conversation about the topic so many are afraid to talk about.
Domestic Violence effects 1 in 3 women (and 1 in 4 men) and that means more women experience the effects of Domestic Violence than are at risk for breast, lung and ovarian cancers-combined!
How Can You Help?
Would you know how to talk to a friend you suspect is a victim or is using abusive behavior? Most say they know what they would say, yet do not say anything at all. As a survivor of Domestic Violence myself, I can say that although I escaped my abuser almost 10 years ago, I still remember every person who stepped forward to talk to me. I am sure that at the time they did not think I was listening, but that is because I was afraid of confrontation. If my ex knew about such conversations and accusations, it made things worse for me. But, I heard them and all those words and talks eventually meant enough to give me the strength to leave. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Sometimes victims have to walk gently around their abuser-do the research for them, find them help and quietly talk to the victim. Leaving as well as dealing with the emotional scars after leaving is too big for anyone to handle on their own. Be support during AND after the relationship.
Please visit PurplePurse.com and help All State support the YWCA and victims of Domestic Violence get back on their feet and find the strength to move on.