1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime – that’s more women than breast cancer, lung cancer and ovarian cancer combined.
Domestic violence kills an average of 3 women each day.
Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. It affects all incomes, races and communities.
We have been sharing statistics like this with you over the last two months. We’ve shared survivor’s stories and we even had our co-founder Stefanie tell you about her mother’s own story. It’s hard not to internalize these stories and wonder how I would respond if these were my story. It’s easy to sit back and say that you would simply leave. It’s just not that easy.
1 in 4 women report experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime. Let’s really take a moment and think about that. That pretty much guarantees that you have known someone who has experienced domestic violence. Would you know what signs to look for? Would you know how to get them help?
Just because you don’t see bruises doesn’t mean it’s not happening. People who are being abused might seem afraid or anxious to please their partner. They tend to agree with everything their partner says and does. They check in often with their partner to report where they are and what they’re doing. They might be receiving frequent, harassing phone calls from their partner.
How do you get them help? Start the conversation. Let them know you’re there for them, but don’t push. Give them a safe place where they can get the help they need. Introduce them to the Purple Purse Foundation website and help them go through it.
Another way to help, support the Purple Purse Foundation or one of the dozens of other non-profits who are participating in October’s Purple Purse Challenge. Just by donating $10, you’re helping to save someone’s life. Not only that, but every time you donate $10 you’re entered to win this year’s Purple Purse designed by Kerry Washington and Dee Ocleppo.
Our challenge to you is not only to donate $10 to one of the nonprofits, but share this post with your friends and families. Help us save someone’s life. You never know who’s listening.