End Violent Encounters earns 'Purple Purse' award

Posted at 8:13 AM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 08:13:37-04

One in four women will be a victim of domestic abuse at some point in their life and often that abuse involves being denied access to money.

The group, End Violent Encounters, has worked to educate people about how financial abuse traps victims in a violent relationship. That's why it was awarded with a 'Purple Purse' on Wednesday by the All-State Foundation.

Senator Debbie Stabenow accepted it on the group's behalf.

"We've come a long way in our laws. We now have a shelter where women and children or men could go to escape violence," said Senator Debbie Stabenow. "But it's important that we have the awareness and understanding that it's not the victims fault and they need to be supported to get back on their feet so they can be successful and take care of their families." 

The 'Purple Purse' campaign has raised more than $50-million and helped more than 800,000 victims get out of abusive relationships.

The purses are designed by actress Kerry Washington.