Guest Blog Post by the YWCA West Center Michigan

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An abuser often traps his victim in a relationship by removing her access to bank accounts, ruining her credit, or controlling her spending. An abuser’s behavior also often results in his victim losing her job. His control over her ability to even put gas in her car makes leaving the relationship nearly impossible.

The YWCA West Central Michigan is located in downtown Grand Rapids next to the ArtPrize HUB. They offer our area’s most comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. (See the bottom of this post for their confidential hotline numbers!)

Until October 3, the YWCA is raising funds for their services with the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Challenge. This national challenge is raising awareness about the vital role financial security for victims plays in ending domestic abuse. A woman’s ability to leave a violent relationship depends heavily on her financial independence.

The Purple Purse Challenge raises funds for organizations like the YWCA which offer financial empowerment services to victims. Check out their Purple Purse fundraising page. Every dollar raised through this link goes directly to our local YWCA. No login or sign-up (or ice buckets!) needed.

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GVSU President Haas participating in the Purple Purse Campaign


DONATE. The YWCA receives 100% of your donation made here. Every dollar counts for the YW’s PurplePurse Challenge, sure, but it especially counts for the victims empowered by your support.

Connect. Like the YWCA West Central Michigan or follow @ywcawcmi. Head over to their Facebook page to see some local celebrities rocking a purple purse to promote this important cause. (Check out this sneak peek of President Tom Haas!) Like, share, and spread awareness and also brag a little bit about your support of the cause.

When victims have the resources to become survivors, including support from partners like you, our entire community is a better place.


All donors are entered in the YWCA’s weekly drawing to win one of four Coach purses. (They’re purple, of course!) Plus, all donors can swing by the YWCA to pick up a special Purple Purse purse charm!


The YWCA West Central Michigan serves victims of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and stalking. They also offer empowerment programs for girls 6-18 years old. If someone comes to you and needs help, please direct them to the YWCA’s hotlines:

Domestic and Dating Violence: 616-451-2744

Sexual Assault: 616-776-7273

*Editor’s note: This post uses the pronouns “he” to describe abusers and “she” to describe victim/survivors, but we recognize that people of all gender identities can be victims of abuse. 


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