#PassthePurse campaign emphasizes financial freedom for domestic violence victims


REPORTER ALIAH WILLIAMSON EXPLAINS HOW THE BAG IS BOTH A FASHION STATEMENT AND A CALL TO ACTION ALIAH:BROOKE, MARK THIS IS THE PURPLE PURSE DESIGNED BY TENNIS SUPERSTAR SERENA WILLIAMS TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR A VERY IMPORTANT FACT; FINANCIAL INSTABILITY IS THE NUMBER 1 REASON WOMEN DON’T LEAVE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATIONS ACCORDING TO THE Y-W-C-A DAYTON. SOME ARE USING THE PURSE TO SHARE THEIR OWN STORIES OF SURVIVAL AND HELP OTHERS MAKE THE SAME LIFE- SAVING CHOICE TO LEAVE. MONIQUE WILLIAMS/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR WHEN I DECIDED TO LEAVE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SITUATION WITH MY SONS FATHER I DID NOT HAVE A JOB. I JUST HAD A NEW BORN BABY AND I’M LIKE ‘NO ONE’S GOING TO HIRE ME.’ Y-W-C-A EMPLOYEE MONIQUE WILLIAMS LEFT A PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP NEARLY THIRTEEN YEARS AGO…MONIQUE WILLIAMS/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVOR FINANCIALLY I WAS HURTING BUT I WOULD HAVE BEEN HURTING WORSE IF I WOULD HAVE STAYED IN THAT RELATIONSHIP THIS IS A REALITY FOR THOUSANDS MORE WOMEN IN DAYTON AND ACROSS THE NATION. AUDREY STARR/ YWCA DAYTON IN 99 PERCENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RELATIONSHIPS, ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS FINANCIAL ABUSE IS PRESENT AND THE BIGGEST SYMBOL OF A WOMAN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND HER FINANCIAL SECURITY IS HER PURSE. DURING OCTOBER…DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH…THE PURPLE PURSE WILL BE TRAVELING THROUGH THE MIAMI VALLEY, RAISING AWARENESS OF THE NEED FOR RESOURCES TO HELP PEOPLE ESCAPE THEIR ABUSIVE RELATIOHSHIPS. AUDREY STARR/ YWCA DAYTON WE HAVE ALL DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND PREBLE COUNTY CARRYING THE PURPLE PURSE AND REALLY HELPING US SPREAD THE MESSAGE THAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A COMMUNITY ISSUE AND IT

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