October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It has always been a taboo topic to talk about but it shouldn’t be. We are empowered women and need to speak out about it. 1 in every 4 women are touched by domestic violence – that is more women affected than both breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and lung cancer combined. Yet we speak about those issues…
There are women in Akron, in our communities, in our very own neighborhoods that are affected by domestic violence. It is sad to realize this but there are women all around us living behind closed doors in fear of their safety, scared for their kids, and desperately trying to figure a way out of the mess.
It is time we speak out about it, talk about it, and do something positive to change this staggering statistic. That is where the Purple Purse campaign comes in this month. The Purple Purse campaign is raising money for the YWCA. The Allstate Foundation is donating $5 to the YWCA for every Purple Purse passed.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Partner with me to pass my virtual Purple Purse. Got to the Purple Purse Website and enter my Purple Purse code 0030.
The code will be processed and $5 will be donated to the YWCA. Pass my virtual Purple Purse code to friends and family to have more money donated to the victims of domestic violence. You can also carry a purple purse this month to show your support for domestic violence victims.
How to Spot Domestic Violence
Pay attention to domestic violence warning signs in your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc.
Signs of Domestic Violence
- Women receives frequent and harassing phone calls from their partner
- She may talk about her partner’s temper and jealousy
- She is restricted from seeing family and friends
- She may have her spending tightly monitored and restricted by her partner
Offer support to those that may be a victim of domestic violence. Don’t be judgmental or critical, but supportive of her with phrases like these:
- I’m here to help and I’m always available.
- No matter what you did, you do not deserve this.
- I’m worried about your safety and I’m afraid you’ll get hurt badly next time.
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence and need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224