Union County residents can contribute to help provide life-changing domestic violence and financial abuse services

UNION COUNTY, NJ - Domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women in her lifetime – yet it’s a difficult topic to talk about.
To get the conversation started and raise awareness for domestic violence, The Allstate Foundation created the Purple Purse Challenge. YWCA Union County, headquartered in Elizabeth, is one of more than 140 nonprofit organizations across the country participating. YWCA Union County was selected for its commitment to providing financial empowerment services to domestic violence survivors. All donations collected will benefit this cause.

Local residents are encouraged to join the Purple Purse Challenge by donating to YWCA Union County at https://www.crowdrise.com/purplepurse-ywcaeasternunionco through Oct. 3. Money donated will benefit life-changing financial empowerment services for survivors. With 98 percent of victims also suffering financial abuse, where an abuser will limit access to money and credit, often keeping her trapped in a dangerous situation, these services are critical to help women break free and stay free.

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As part of the Challenge, The Allstate Foundation is releasing engaging, friendly contests among the more than 140 nonprofit organizations. Each week, organizations will have the chance to win additional funding - more than $640,000 in total prize funding will be provided by The Allstate Foundation. Supporters can donate from Sept. 2 through Oct. 3, 2014.

The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world, whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA Union County opened its doors in 1920 and has been serving the women, children, and families of Union County ever since, with a long history of promoting the rights and health of women and their families at home and in the workplace, as well as social and racial justice.

In 1978, in response to the growing concern about domestic violence in Union County, the YWCA Union County established Project Protect to provide shelter for battered women and their children. Today, the association is recognized as the lead domestic violence agency in Union County by the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, providing comprehensive, caring services to victims of domestic violence and their children, and advocating for the elimination of violence against women.