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10 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Victims Of Domestic Violence

We need everyone's help. When people think of domestic violence, they may not consider financial abuse, which includes controlling access to money and other assets. Help Allstate Foundation Purple Purse break the silence.




The violence can be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial. When people think of domestic violence, they may not consider financial abuse. One of the largest reasons victims stay in abusive relationships, though, is because they lack financial tools and resources.



October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Few Americans ever talk about domestic abuse with their friends and family, and that needs to change! If more people speak up and raise awareness about the issue, it empowers victims to get help and break free from abuse.



Here are some warning signs that a person may be in an abusive relationship. There are many other signs of abuse, and many you may not see because they happen behind closed doors. That being said, learning how to recognize domestic abuse is the first step to helping victims.



Talking to a friend or family member about domestic violence is difficult, but the most important thing you can do is let them know they have your support. Here are some ways you can start a conversation with a loved one.



It's easy to jump to conclusions and criticize someone for staying with their abuser, but the best thing you can do for survivors is to be supportive and nonjudgemental. Victim blaming will help no one. Let the survivor know that you are concerned for their safety and that you want to help in any way possible.



Simply leaving an abusive relationship is rarely as easy as it sounds. There are many factors that prevent survivors from leaving, but you can be an ally and help them into safety. Here are tips for making an exit plan, and financial tools to help survivors manage their personal finances.



Silence can mean that you approve of the abuser's actions. If you suspect that someone you know is using abusive behavior, draw attention to it by talking to them. Here are some ways you can approach the sensitive topic.

Another way to hold abusers accountable is to believe and support the survivor. You believing the survivor could give them the courage to leave the relationship.



There are many local organizations where you can donate your time. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233) to find nonprofits and charities in your area.



Here are a few to consider:

• National Network To End Domestic Violence


• The National Domestic Violence Hotline

You can also find local organizations in your state!



For more help, you can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Domestic violence quietly strikes 1 in every 4 women — likely someone you know. Are you ready to help break the silence?

Visit Allstate's Purple Purse Foundation for all tips and tools you need to keep the conversation going about domestic violence and financial abuse.

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