October 1, 2019

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here’s how you can do your part.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse offers ways you can help break the cycle of abuse–including learning the signs of domestic violence.

October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you’ve been following The Renewal Project, which is made possible by Allstate, then you know that we regularly write about ways you can participate in the fight to break the cycle of domestic violence.

As we kick off the month, here are a few ways you can get involved.

  • Donate to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Your donation will benefit Allstate Foundation Purple Purse nonprofit allies, which are across the country.
  • Learn the signs of domestic violence. Domestic violence and financial abuse go hand-in-hand. If you can spot the signs in a friend or loved one—such as appearing scared or anxious to please their partner or worrying excessively over how their partner will respond to what are typically considered simple, everyday purchases—you can act.

  • Reach out to a victim. Abusers often isolate their victims and use physical and emotional abuse to control the relationship to the point where they feel powerless. By starting a conversation and showing support, you can let a survivor know she is not alone. There are also resources available which you can point them to, such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-SAFE) or a local domestic violence shelter.

  • Support a local clothing drive that helps get survivors back on their feet. All month long, Allstate agencies across the country are hosting drives for professional clothing and toiletries to help victims of financial abuse. Nearly all domestic violence cases include financial abuse, so this drive will collect some of the necessary items women need to rebuild their lives. Find an Allstate agency drop-off location in your community.

Since 2005, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has invested over $60 million to help more than 1.3 million survivors. Whether you’re a nonprofit, an individual looking to contribute or are currently experiencing domestic violence yourself, the following resources are here to help you take action.

Learn the signs of financial abuse at AllstateFoundation.org/EndFinancialAbuse.

Find a domestic violence shelter in your area at www.domesticshelters.org.

If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

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