Domestic Violence is real. Domestic Violence hurts everyone. Domestic Violence must be stopped. 

In the time it took you to read those three statements, 2 women were the victims of domestic violence.

Staggering.

Domestic violence is an issue that affects one in four women, yet 1/3 of Americans have never discussed it.

An estimated 1.3 million women will be the victims of physcial assault this year with an average                                                   of 145 women being abused every hour.

These numbers don’t lie yet many are remaining silent out of fear.

“Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime”. (via www.ncadv.org)

Perhaps, you or someone you love has been or is currently the victim of domestic violence. Personally, I have friends who have been the victims of domestic violence and some of them have children who have witnessed their mother being physically and/or emotionally abused. I knew girls in college who were raped by a boyfriend but were embarrassed to report it to the authorities somehow thinking it was their fault.  I don’t want that for my daughters nor for my stepdaughters. I don’t want that for you or for your daughters or for your stepdaughters. This is a cause near and dear to my heart. As women, we have a powerful voice and we need to use it!

We can make a difference and this new venture, The Purple Purse, can help!   

You’ll notice the oversized Purple Purse widget on the side of my blog. Go there! PurplePurse.com is designed as an online shopping magazine, but its real purpose is to encourage people to talk openly about domestic violence and financial abuse. Since research shows that the issue of domestic violence is difficult to discuss, this site was created to make it easier to bring up the subject.

PurplePurse.com is an important Allstate Foundation project – in partnership with YWCA – focused on getting people to talk about the issue of domestic violence. The Purple Purse was created as a new national symbol of a woman’s economic empowerment.

I am honored to be teaming up with AllState Insurance and the YWCA to unveil the Purple Purse during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Our local team has been challenged by The Allstate Foundation to have at least 100 people attend the event. For every attendee, the Foundation will donate $100 to the YWCA of Cleveland to fund programs that support domestic violence victims. Local Tweetup is October 27th from 11am – 1pm at the YWCA Greater Cleveland located at 4019 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  44103-4301.

Our guest speaker will be ILinda M.J. Reese, author of “Til Death.” Her autographical account exposes the hurt and devastation of marriage where domestic violence is present. Reese shares not only her story but offers practical solutions to unbind from an abusive partner and teaches women there is life after abuse that includes mental, physical and spiritual freedom.

Local Clevelanders please join me at this incredibly important event. Show your support by attending the event and/or sharing the link to the website with your friends.

What are some other ways you can get involved:

visit the www.purplepurse.com

tell your friends about the purple purse

consider carrying a purple purse this month to spark conversation about domestic violence (I’ll be carrying the one pictured above)

Tweet to your followers or post on your Facebook page:

o    “Join the #purplepurse cause and check out PurplePurse.com

o   Always include #purplepurse in your tweets.

We’ve got to start talking about domestic violence. While not an easy topic to address, it is one that needs to gain a voice. I’m thankful for Allstate for founding the Purple Purse and providing tools and resources and getting the discussion going. If you have something you’d like to share on domestic violence, I would love to hear from you.

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