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Like the gladiator she is, Kerry Washington is doing what she can to help end domestic violence—or at least keep it in the forefront of the public’s mind.

The Scandal actress has signed on for the third time as an ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse campaign, which aims to “create longterm safety and security for survivors through financial empowerment.” With the new online film America’s Largest Prison Break, Allstate kicks off their #FreeToWalk campaign alongside Washington, who has a lot to say about the perils of financial abuse and more.

Courtesy of PEOPLE:

“To be an ambassador for the Allstate Foundation and for Purple Purse is an honor for me, because I love being able to be a part of real, long-term solutions for giving security, and wisdom, and knowledge and empowerment for domestic violence victims and survivors.”

Kerry goes on:

“Financial abuse is such an invisible weapon,” says Washington. “It’s not something we think of.” She continues: “We can see black eyes and we can see bruising and I think, we think a lot about the emotional abuse, and all of those things are valid, but to know that financial abuse is the number one reason why women stay and why they can’t walk away—it matters so much to be able to do something about that because it unlocks the solutions in the other areas as well.”

As for those designer bags Kerry’s designed for the Purple Purse campaign these past two years, she says the “goal is to not have to design them anymore. The goal is to really end the cycle of abuse so that … the choice to have a Purple Purse is solely aesthetic and not about making a difference and changing lives through fashion.”

Watch America’s Largest Prison Break above and click here for more information about #FreeToWalk.


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