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Kerry Washington is calling attention to an often overlooked form of domestic violence, and she’s doing something about it!

When listening to the narratives of women who have survived abuse, there’s usually a point in their stories where they share how financially dependent they were on their abuser. These women often have to wait until they can save up enough money to make their escape from a bad situation. Now, the “Scandal” star found a creative way to use her love of fashion to help women get back on their feet financially after leaving abusive relationships.

Through the recently launched Purple Purse Program, a venture she entered into with the Allstate Foundation. As an ambassador for the campaign that aims to educate women about financial abuse, Kerry used her sense of style to design a fab, wine-colored handbag.

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“This is an issue that’s really close to my heart and when this opportunity came along, I just felt like it was such a great opportunity,” Kerry explained to Us Weekly. “You want to be part of the solution, and this bag is a way to address helping women in a very tangible, specific way.”

The purse she unveiled Monday is one of three exclusive designs for the campaign, and you can’t snag her bags just anywhere. Only a chosen few will be lucky enough to get their hands on the pieces. For your shot at owning one of Kerry’s purses, you have to donate at least $10 to any organization involved in the purple purse challenge to have your entered in a raffle to win one of the accessories.


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