Especially important in light of the Ray Rice controversy and the current state of the NFL, domestic violence is the hot button topic on everyone’s mind in the US. But for Kerry Washington, this issue is always salient and in need of awareness.
On Monday, Kerry spoke at the Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse Campaign and then unveiled the handbag she designed.
Only 500 will be produced and given to stars and charities to promote the cause. After that, they will be given to survivors of domestic abuse.
She also filmed a moving PSA which focuses on bringing awareness to the financial aspects of domestic violence. “For many, many of those cases - 98 percent of those cases - the financial abuse is what keeps a woman trapped. Not being able to control your finances, destroying a woman’s credit, jeopardizing her job. One in four women will be a victim of domestic violence. Finances are almost always a weapon of choice.”
In regards to the bag, she said, “For me, one of the things I wanted to combine was this idea of elegance and classic traditional design, with something kind of funky and fashion forward.”
The issue of domestic abuse has been touched on in "Scandal," and the character of Abby (played by Darby Stanchfield) is a victim. “Darby Stanchfield and I, as actors, talk a lot about, ‘What was that like when Olivia stepped in and took a tire iron to some guy’s knee to save her girlfriend? What were the stakes that would make her do something like that?'” Kerry said.
She added: “Women watch that and say to Darby when they see her in public, ‘I’m so glad to know that you guys aren’t shying away from that issue.'”
Watch Kerry’s PSA below.