Thank you for your interest in breaking the silence on domestic violence. By joining our Purple Purse Challenge, you can make a difference for survivors and their children.
Purple Purse is a friendly fundraising competition through the Allstate Foundation for domestic violence agencies. By entering this competition, we are in the running to win the $100,000 grand prize to support our work of moving families beyond abuse.
The competition runs on October 2nd-31st. Click “Join the Team."
Then you can customize your page, add why you are helping Women Aware, and share your page with your friends, family, and co-workers through social media, text messages, and word of mouth.
You and your network can donate to your page directly October 2nd-31st to break the silence on domestic violence. All donations will benefit Women Aware.
The top change-maker will be honored at our Moving Beyond Abuse Charity Event (register today) on November 11th, 2018 in Johnson Park, Piscataway and awarded an actual leather purple purse designed by tennis star and ambassador Serena Williams.
The 2018 Allstate Foundation purple purse is a backpack designed by tennis champion and Purple Purse program ambassador Serena Williams, with all women in mind. At 11 inches wide, 15 inches tall and 5 inches deep, the backpack can carry all of a woman’s necessities while making no sacrifice when it comes to style as it transitions seamlessly from daytime to evening. To complement its silver zippers and accents, the front of the leather and suede backpack features a custom silver inscription, “Serena Williams for Purple Purse.” Produced in extremely limited quantities, the estimated retail value of the bag is $350.
Last year, you helped us raise $9,000 in one month! Now we're doing it all again. How far will your team go to break the silence on domestic violence?
We say, "1 in 4 No More!"
1 in 4 women will experience severe violence by an intimate partner during their lives. And it's not just women who are affected by domestic violence. More than 15 million children will be exposed to domestic violence in the United States this year. Men can be victims too. Join our "1 in 4 No More" campaign now to take a stand against domestic violence today. All proceeds will benefit survivors moving beyond abuse at Women Aware.
$1,000 - Helps shelter a mother and her two children fleeing violence.
$500 - Supports a week of answering our 24-hour crisis hotline.
$250 - Assists a survivor to secure legal protection.
$50 - Feeds a mother and child for a day in our shelter.
$25 - Provides school supplies for a child living in our shelter.
My name is Jessica. I am a survivor of domestic violence and a mother of two. A few years ago, the person that once told me “I love you” started hurting me. Maybe you ask yourselves, why didn’t she leave him when the abuse started? The answer is that I was scared of losing my kids, and I had no finances to support myself. My abuser told me, 'If you leave me, you won’t be able to take the kids with you. You have no money and no job, you won't get far.' He controlled all of the finances, and after having my children, he wanted me to stay home and take care of the family. What I thought was initially sweet and considerate, eventually turned into possessive control over my life.
One night, he arrived home drunk and angry. He told me that if I screamed it would only get worse, and he started to beat me. All I could think was: my life is over. When he left for work the next day, I thought about leaving, but had nowhere to go. I called my friend crying, and she gave me the number to Women Aware. It was the call that changed my life.Through the support at Women Aware, I received the gift to live, to do better with my kids, to not fear getting beaten again. I received the gift of a new life.
Today, my children and I live free from abuse and have a safe place to call home. My children completed Women Aware’s trauma counseling program, and they are excelling in school. I was able to get a restraining order and information through Women Aware's legal advocacy program. I also joined their weekly support groups, where I met other women going through similar experiences. Thanks to Women Aware, I was able to move beyond the abuse of my past. I survived.
About Women Aware
Women Aware envisions a society where individuals can live free from violence and injustice. Our mission is to promote the safety and self-sufficiency of individuals and families affected by domestic violence in Middlesex County, NJ. We have been serving survivors of domestic violence for over 37 years.
We offer free and confidential services including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, community education, support groups, and children’s programs. It is through these services that we are able to serve 1 out of every 8 survivors of domestic violence in New Jersey to move beyond abuse. To learn more, visit www.womenaware.net