1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.
1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence by an intimate partner during her lifetime.
113 people die every day from breast cancer.
An average of 3 women are killed each day by an intimate partner.An estimated more than 12 million people are victims of stalking, rape and/or physical violence by an intimate partner each year.
Spending the last few months working closely with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has been an eye opener. 12 million people are victims of domestic abuse. That is such a huge number. We… you, me, we as a society cannot let this keep happening.
Most people think of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, but financial abuse happens in 98 percent of all cases. It is a powerful tool used to keep victims trapped. Financial abuse is the number one reason a domestic violence victim will stay in or return to an abusive relationship.
Throughout the month of October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month), more than 160 community partners joined together and raised a record breaking nearly $3.1 million while taking part in the 2015 Purple Purse Challenge. The grand prize winner, Wings Program Inc., from Palatine, IL, raised $346,175.81.
Not too far behind them was the YWCA of Evanston/North Shore out of Evanston, IL with $327,043.46.
All of the participating organizations help ensure domestic violence survivors aren’t financially trapped in an abusive relationship and provide financial empowerment services to help survivors break free from violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month may be over, but the struggle for the millions of victims is not. We here at MomSmack are committed to keeping the conversation going. The more people who become aware of this epidemic, the more women we can help!
Are you asking yourself “How can I help?” One way to show support is to go to PurplePurse.com and donate to a domestic violence program or make a $10 donation and get a Purple Purse charm. Your support will help a woman regain her independence and rebuild her life.
You can also provide support by helping victims empower themselves to take control of their own financial situations. As mentioned before, finances are the number one reason victims stay in abusive relationships. Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is here to guide you and is such a great resource for helping these victims get out of their abusive situations by providing them with numerous resources including steps to gaining financial independence.