'Scandal' Star Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence

Kerry Washington sheds light on financial abuse and how some men keep women from leaving.
2:02 | 09/16/14

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And now to "Scandal" star Kerry Washington, speaking out on domestic violence and the hidden way men keep women from leaving. This financial abuse and what she's doing about it. Reporter: On the heels of domestic abuse in the headlines, Kerry Washington is speaking out about another form of abuse rarely discussed. Finances are almost always a weapon of choice, destroying credit, jeopardizing jobs. Reporter: In a new psa called the purple purse challenge, she's standing up for survivors of domestic and financial abuse. Making it easier to recognize and stop financial abuse. Help women gain control of their pursestrings. Join me at purple purse.com I felt I could be part of the real world, tangible tool, giving women the skills and information they need to take control of their financial well-being and protect themselves and their families. Reporter: Washington, speaking overnight at an event for the allstate foundation which she was a paid spokeswoman for, says it's an important symbol to women to get freedom. 98% of domestic abuse cases involve financial abuse. The bag is really a symbol of a woman taking her pursestrings back and being able to be in control of her finances in the face of abuse. Reporter: Veronica Bryant is one of the countless women who have experienced financial abuse firsthand. I felt trapped. I was trapped. It was over 25 years, and during the relationship, he worked, he controlled all the money. Reporter: But with the help of a purple bag, Washington is hoping those Numbers will change. For "Good morning America," Lindsey Davis, ABC news, new York. Let's hope it does some good. Remember when the woman who started the hashtag why I stayed, she was here, and alluded to that. Saying she had to save her money on the side to get out of that abusive relationship. Trapped. Right. Okay.

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