Kerry Washington Becomes an Advocate for Women Who Are Financially Abused

The star of “Scandal,” Kerry Washington, speaks out against domestic violence and challenges her fans to do the same. The Emmy-nominated actress launched the “Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Program” in Chelsea Monday night. Washington designed the special purse as a symbol of financial freedom for victims of domestic violence. Washington says 98% of domestic violence victims suffer financial abuse, which includes controlling finances, making it difficult for a victim to leave an abuser. “The purple purse is really a symbol for the economic strength of a woman to be able to take her purse strings back and take care of herself and her family. So it’s really exciting because it’s bringing attention around financial abuse,” Washington said.

Victims: Don’t be quiet – tell others. Bystanders: There is never a reason for financial abuse. Go to the Purple Purse Facebook page for more information: You can also follow Kerry Washington on Twitter @kerrywashington and Purple Purse @PurplePurse.