Serena Williams Tackles Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse
As she takes a year off the court to enhance the safe delivery of her baby, tennis superstar Serena Williams has sought out other avenues inspiration and contribution to society.
Williams, 35, is leveraging on her status as one of the biggest athletes in the world to not only spark change, but also bring awareness to issues besetting most relationships and communities.
According to TSR, the 23-time major winner is the newest ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Course, a group that has provided financial support for domestic abuse victims for the past 10 years.
Serena Williams is the latest global personality to partner with the initiative that has helped over one million domestic abuse victims through various programs, and she says she can’t wait to get started.
“Not a lot of people really know about the financial abuse. It’s an invisible but also really devastating form of domestic abuse that traps victims in these harmful relationships.” said Williams, who also warned on the long-term effects of abuse.
“If a woman’s credit is ruined, she can’t get an apartment,” she pointed out. “Most of the time when people leave abusive relationships, they have this awful debt and that can take years and years to recover, especially if they have kids.”
It’s great to see Williams – who’s risen above racist and sexist abuse in her glittering career – to use her platform to effect change.
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