Things I associate with October:
1. Pumpkin Spice Lattes
2. Halloween Candy
3. Homemade Applesauce
4. Apple Cider
5. Getting funnel cakes at my towns fall fest
While these things are yummy, there is another thing we should start associating with October as well. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Even though domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women (145 people per hour), we rarely talk about it. That is more than breast caner, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined!
Did you catch a football game this weekend? Did you see how the players were wearing pink shoes/gloves? This helps bring awareness to breast cancer.
This year Allstate wanted to bring greater awareness to Domestic Violence as well. Because it is so personal, it is understandable it is hard to talk about. In fact, 1/3 of people say they have NEVER talked to their family about it.
All State started the purple purse moment to serve as a conversation starter, and to spread information.
With a difficult problem like Domestic Violence you can feel powerless to help. However it doesn’t have to be that way any longer.
Each purple purse passed along until the end of October will donate $5 to the YWCA. This will help give women a place to live while they get back on their feet. In addition, it will help teach them skills to become financially independent. This often why women stay in abusive relationships.
I’ll be passing my purse along to friends, but if you don’t get a real purse you can still help. Just enter the virtual code above over at purplepurse.com. EVERY since one makes difference so be sure to share with your friends.
If you need immediate help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE 7233
Please visit Facebook or PurplePurse.com for more information.