The statistics are staggering. Studies show 99% of all domestic violence situations include financial abuse, making it difficult for victims to break free and stay free. To help breakdown this barrier to safety, Fayette Cares has collaborated with the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and will receive a grant from the Allstate Foundation to offer the Purple Purse Financial Empowerment program.
Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness and the purse is symbolic of a woman’s finances. “I found myself with no access to money, and debt accruing,” said one survivor of domestic violence. “He had the power and control and he used it through manipulation and isolation.”
To help victims escape violence, Fayette Cares will use the Purple Purse Financial Empowerment curriculum to raise awareness about the signs of domestic and financial abuse, and how to move towards personal and financial security. Pam Rose, Fayette Cares Chief Financial and Operations Officer, is packing her bags for Chicago, IL where she will participate in a Train-the-Trainer workshop to learn about the curriculum. The program will involve a series of sessions teaching budgeting skills, credit development and repair, managing a bank account, and more. The program is focused on short-term and long-term financial stability.
To learn more or get involved in the Fayette Cares financial empowerment program for victims of domestic violence, call (901) 465-3802 x 221 or email Info@FayetteCares.org.