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The truth behind domestic violence

When people think of domestic violence, physical and verbal assaults often come to mind. In reality, it is financial abuse that prevents victims from leaving — or causes them to return.

Financial abuse: the silent weapon of domestic violence

Financial abuse is an invisible form of domestic violence that impacts nearly every victim. By cutting off access to bank accounts, jobs, credit-building opportunities and more, abusers gain control, preventing their partners from breaking free for good.

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Serena Williams Exposes the Signs

The signs of domestic violence and financial abuse are often invisible, even to victims experiencing them. We've teamed up with Serena Williams to expose the signs of financial abuse and inspire the public to start conversations with loved ones who they suspect could be victims.

"Signs" featuring Serena Williams

Financial abuse is one of the top reasons victims of domestic violence can't leave.

Know the Signs. Start a Conversation. End Financial Abuse.


Domestic violence affects men, too

While domestic violence affects us all, the vast majority of victims are women. However, this issue is not so simple. Sometimes the perpetrator is female, while the victim is male. And domestic violence can happen in same-sex relationships as well. Male survivors of domestic violence are less likely to seek help or report abuse. Many are unaware of services for male survivors, and there is a common misconception that domestic violence programs only serve women.

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You can help those affected by domestic violence.

There are many ways you can take action. See how you can stand with Purple Purse.

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