Piety was in an abusive relationship for years, but never reported her son's father to the police. She thought, "If he goes to jail and loses his job, how are we going to eat?”
Financial abuse is the #1 barrier for women who want to leave an abusive partner. They are often faced with a painful choice: become homeless or stay in an abusive relationship.
Access to financial resources and economic stability are critical to a woman’s independence, and the YWCA offers women like Piety the tools to free themselves from violence and build a foundation for the future.
When Piety did leave, social security was her only source of income - barely enough to get by, let alone pay for her 10-year-old son's dental work. She struggled to find housing and employment. When she contacted Derrick’s father for child support, he threatened and belittled her.
Piety dreamed of a future where she was financially independent and free from his abuse.
All women must have the ability to effect economic change for themselves and their families. This is especially important for women and families of color, who are disproportionately impacted by domestic violence and poverty.
Donate to the Purple Purse Challenge and take action today to reduce the impact of domestic violence and financial abuse. Your gift is critical to the strength of women and families in our community. Together, we can help victims of all forms of abuse become survivors.
With your support, the YWCA's domestic violence programs served nearly 2,000 women in Seattle, King and Snohomish Counties last year.
When women have the tools they need to build success, it has a ripple effect, improving the lives of their children, their community, and future generations.
Piety’s face shines with happiness when she talks about her future. “For the first time, I have a savings account, and paid my son's school application fee without any help!
"The YWCA gave me all the tools I needed to stand on my own two feet.”