You may see a lot of pink this month, but October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month. And while everyone knows someone who’s been affected by domestic violence, new research says that we’re becoming less likely to talk about it. 1 in 3 people think discussing domestic violence is taboo, and even fewer people are talking about the most common form of it: financial abuse.
The fact is, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 3 million children will witness domestic violence in their families just this year. In 99% of these cases financial abuse has been a factor, where abusers limit or prevent access to financial resources, like bank accounts and job opportunities. It’s one of the main reasons victims stay in or return to an abusive relationship.
And while we may not be comfortable talking about it yet, there are ways to get and give help.
Make Money That Builds Your Net Worth and Self-Worth
You can’t control your life until you get control of your money. The universe kept trying to teach me this for years--especially in the year after I divorced my husband but still lived in his house because I couldn’t afford to leave, and was too worn down to fight for what I was legally entitled to.
Direct sales was a way out for me, so I share it with everyone I know in case it might help them heal their finances and lives as well. The flexibility to run my own business while staying home with my kids was the biggest draw, but I never expected the sisterhood and friendship I’ve found among my colleagues--nor did I realize how much I needed that. Being in a community of like-minded women has been profoundly comforting and inspiring, as we all work together to reach our individual financial goals.
Purchase With A Purpose
You’ll never regret putting your money where your heart is. I support Allstate Foundation Purple Purse because they are leading the charge in raising awareness and providing resources for victims of financial abuse. There are 3 ways you can support them too:
The #1 reason women in abusive relationships can't "just leave" is because they're being financially abused in addition to being physically, mentally, and/or emotionally abused. However you choose to support the cause, don’t think for a minute that your gift of attention alone can’t make a difference in the life of someone who’s trying to build a better life.
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