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Learn about domestic violence and financial abuse.

Domestic violence is defined as any pattern of coercive, controlling behavior of one partner over another. One of the most harmful forms of domestic violence is called financial abuse, where abusers limit or prevent access to financial resources, like bank accounts and job opportunities. This is one of the main reasons victims stay in or return to an abusive relationship.

See the overwhelming impact of domestic violence.

Each year, more women are touched by domestic violence than breast cancer, ovarian cancer and lung cancer combined.

1 in 4

will experience domestic violence in her lifetime


requests for help went unanswered per day in 2017

3 in 4

know someone who's experienced domestic violence


witness domestic violence in their families

Learn about the warning signs of abuse.

A person experiencing domestic violence will often be afraid to openly share their circumstances for fear of retaliation from their abuser. If you suspect someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence, start by watching out for these key indicators, then see how to start a conversation.

This person may:
  • Seem scared or anxious to please their partner
  • Be overly agreeable to everything their partner says and does
  • Check in often with their partner to report on their activities
  • Frequently receive harassing phone calls from their partner
  • Talk about their partner's temper, jealousy or possessiveness
This person may:
  • Have limited access to money or credit cards
  • Have their spending tightly monitored
  • Worry excessively how their partner will respond to what are typically considered simple, everyday purchases
This person may:
  • Frequently miss work, school and social obligations without notice or explanation
  • Make seemingly odd clothing choices in an effort to conceal bruises or scars, for example: wearing long sleeves or turtlenecks in the summer and sunglasses indoors
This person may:
  • Have low self-esteem, even if they were once very confident
  • Show significant changes in personality, such as an extroverted person becoming withdrawn
  • Show signs of depression, anxiety or being suicidal

More ways to educate yourself

The more you understand the abuse many men and women face each day, the better equipped you can be to join us in breaking the cycle for good.

Download the Purple Purse Brochure (PDF).

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is committed to bringing domestic violence and financial abuse out of the shadows by educating family, friends and colleagues of victims. The following downloadable PDF brochure outlines key statistics, signs of abuse and how to start the conversation with someone in need.

Download now
Get the facts from the experts.

From defining common domestic violence buzzwords to offering key insights revealed in the Domestic Violence Counts annual census report, the National Network to End Domestic Violence can help you better understand the issue.

See buzzwordsSee census report

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