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One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In 98 % of cases, victims will suffer from financial abuse, which means abusers will deny them access to money and financial resources. Without resources of their own, victims are often unable to care for themselves and their families, find employment and housing or save for the future.

On average day, nearly 11,000 requests for emergency shelter, childcare and other services go unanswered due to a lack of funding at domestic violence providers around the country. Even as demand for services increases, these organizations continue to operate with limited resources.

Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is trying to change those numbers, and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been selected as one of more than 160 participating nonprofits across the country to be a part of the Purple Purse Challenge, which raises funds for nonprofits serving domestic violence victims. YWCA Evanston/North Shore was chosen for its commitment to ending domestic violence and to providing services and support to domestic violence survivors.