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The YWCA Evanston/North Shore has been selected 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.

Supporters can donate from Oct. 1 through Oct. 27, 2015 to support the YWCA Evanston/North Shore at www.Crowdrise.com/YWCAEvanstonNorthShore. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

According to the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In 98 percent 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 an 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.

Through the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge, each participating organization can raise critically needed funds to help survivors of domestic violence.  To encourage public donations, the Allstate Foundation is investing $500,000 in Challenge sweepstakes and contests. In addition to donating through the Challenge, Purple Purse charms can be purchased for $10 at PurplePurse.com, with proceeds benefiting Purple Purse Challenge nonprofits.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore is the only comprehensive domestic violence service provider in northeastern Cook County.  It has a 24-hour crisis line, and offers emergency shelter, safety planning, legal advocacy and community counseling. Interviews are available with representatives from YWCA Evanston/North Shore as well as a local representative from Allstate.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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