Purple Purse

The Lost Purse

The Lost Purse project gives us a glimpse into the life of a woman in an abusive relationship.  If you watch the video at the end it poses a question, “If you knew someone who needed help, would you know what to do?”

We have created a discussion guide to go with the video to help you open up discussions about domestic violence.   We hope you will share the video with friends, family or coworkers and talk about what you can do to help.    It is important for all of us to educate ourselves and be ready with the correct information when and if there is a day where we need to step up and speak out.  You can download our guide that includes the questions below with information and explanations for each one. Download Lost Purse Discussion Guide

Question #1: In this video, the text messages made it fairly obvious what was going on. Without seeing a person’s phone and texts, what other signs might you notice that indicate an unhealthy relationship?

Question #2: If you knew someone needed help, would you know what to do? It can be challenging to initiate conversations about intimate partner violence. From what you know about yourself, what would make you hesitant to say something to the person who left their purse or to someone who is in an unhealthy relationship?

Question #3: What are a few things you could say to start the conversation?

Question #4: How do you offer support without compromising someone’s safety?

Question #5: We encourage you to visit the “Get Help” section of The Center’s website to learn more about all of the services listed on The Center’s “shoe cards.” How would you describe the support that is available to someone impacted by intimate partner violence?