ALL DONORS ARE ENTERED INTO OUR WEEKLY DRAWING FOR ONE OF FOUR PURPLE COACH PURSES. ALL DONORS CAN STOP BY OUR DOWNTOWN OFFICE TO PICK UP A SPECIAL PURSE CHARM SEEN IN PHOTOS BELOW.
The YWCA West Central Michigan is our region's most comprehensive response to domestic violence and sexual assualt. We offer prevention programs for girls 6-18 years old, as well as services for victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and stalking.
Financial abuse is very, very real. An abuser often traps his victim in a relationship by removing her access to bank accounts, ruining her credit, or controlling her spending. An abuser's behavior can result in the victim losing her job. His control over her ability to even put gas in her car makes leaving the relationship nearly impossible.
Because financial independence is the number one predictor of a woman's ability to leave an abusive relationship, the YWCA offers financial empowerment programs to victims to help them become survivors. Our advocates work with a victim to establish a budget on her new income, open bank accounts in her own name, and identify ways she can not only stay safe, but remain financially independent.
Your support here of The Purple Purse Challenge will help us continue offering financial empowerment programs to victims of domestic violence. With your help, victims become survivors.
Three in ten women experience domestic or dating abuse at some point in their lives. If you or someone you care about could use help, please give us a call at one of the below numbers:
Confidential Sexual Assault Hotline: 616-776-7273
Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline: 616-451-2744