The insurer’s foundation supports programs empowering victims of domestic violence and financial abuse.
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiative recently announced it was awarding $1.25 million to Moving Ahead grants. This effort supports coalitions against domestic violence and that support victims of domestic violence.
The grants provide funding to coalitions that provide much-needed support to survivors.
Through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiative, the grants to coalitions financially empower resources supporting more than half a million domestic violence survivors. In this way, they have the assistance they need to break free from situations of domestic abuse.
“People often wonder why victims don’t just leave their abusive relationships, but often it’s the tremendous financial challenges that keep them trapped,” said senior vice president of corporate responsibility at Allstate, Vicky Dinges. When victims don’t have adequate financial resources, they are unable to provide for themselves and their families, explained Dinges. Furthermore, they struggle to find housing, employment, or any opportunity for future savings.
“By getting these much-needed funds in the hands of community organizations that help domestic violence survivors every single day, we hope to empower them to provide the tools and education survivors need to overcome abuse and reclaim their lives,” she added.
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Move Ahead grants are awarded to coalitions in 24 states.
The Move Ahead grants are awarded to domestic violence coalitions across 24 state in the U.S. The funds from these grants are used to support matched-savings programs, job training, credit-building services, low- or even zero-interest loans, and financial education. These are provided to survivors of domestic violence. They’re meant to help to create a safe way out of abusive relationships.
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Moving Ahead curriculum provides the financial empowerment tools used in order to teach survivors those critical financial literacy skills. It is made available to advocates and trainers who can download them, free of cost, in English or Spanish through the official websites, said an official Allstate press release.
“We’ve had the much-needed support of The Allstate Foundation since the beginning as we developed innovative approaches to financial empowerment for survivors,” said the deputy director of Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Mary O’Doherty.
If you or someone you know may be in a situation of domestic violence, call for free, private assistance at the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.