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Legalese Nonsense: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with The Allstate Foundation and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own

When I read that statistic I was just shocked! Growing up I never really heard, or thought, much about domestic violence. It was more something from a crazy episode of Cops on TV than it was something that might ever affect anyone I knew.

That was until I grew up and all of my generation and friends all started getting married–and then getting divorced. And after talking to some of these girls I was just shocked to hear their stories. Being in a very loving, wonderful marriage where my husband always and only treats me with respect it was horrifying to hear about these “one in four” girls stories. When that one in 4 really is one out of every 4 of your friends, it begins to hit home–especially when you have a healthy relationship to compare to what they’re describing to you.

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So when I got a chance to help spread the word, raise awareness, and raise funds I was all in! As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Purple Purse, The Allstate Foundation’s symbol for domestic violence, proudly represents a woman’s way to escape the cycle of abuse by gaining financial independence. Now in its third year, The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse campaign has pledged to donate up to $350,000 to the YWCA for programs designed at assisting survivors of domestic violence and other women in need.

Allstate Purple Purse

1,300 purple purses filled with domestic violence information and facts will be distributed throughout the U.S. Each purse has a goal of being passed between family, friends, community leaders, celebrities, media, and Allstate employees and agents sparking important conversations and raising awareness.

Each time one of those local purses is passed and checked in at PurplePurse.com, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to the local YWCA.

I was thrilled to get the chance to be sent one of these Purple Purses! I decided the best place to pass it on would be my Moms Group that meets weekly–there are about 6 of us at our table, so what more powerful way to say according to the statistics one of our lives could possibly be touched by this? What an eye opener! Each of the girls were very interested in taking a card and logging in their purple purse as we passed it around the table.

One of the girls mentioned as she read the card that although she’d even had courses in harassment/domestic violence she never had heard some of the warning signs to look for on the card. She mentioned how valuable this was and asked if she could take the purse and pass it on to a charity that she works with, so they could spread the word to women who need it most! Of course I was thrilled that she was taking the mission and running with it!

BSM Virtual Purse Pass Card

Join the movement! Although I can’t pass my purple purse to each of you in person I have the “virtual purse” to pass along to you! Go to the Purple Purse Website to register it, see where its been, and learn more about how you can help! It will take just a few moments of your time and could possibly help save a life! Also be sure to “Like” The Purple Purse on Facebook for more great information!