February 16, 2016

Handbags for Hope Drive, February 17 – March 31

A basic handbag that nearly every woman carries could literally save her life. Texas Advocacy Project gives Handbags for Hope to domestic violence victims to ultimately lead them to free legal help, safety, and new beginnings.

Handbags for Hope originated as a means for Texas Advocacy Project (The Project) to place life-saving legal information in the hands of victims as they transition out of shelter and begin the process of rebuilding their lives. Texas Advocacy Project—and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office—need your donations of new or gently used handbags in a community effort to support this outreach initiative. The Project has collected more than 29,000 bags through Handbags for Hope since it first launched nine years ago.

This year’s Handbags for Hope campaign runs from February 17 – March 31. Here’s how it works for the women receiving a bag: children in shelters across Texas will select a donated handbag to give their moms on Mother’s Day. Tucked inside each bag will be a chance for a new life – each bag will be fitted with a tag that has The Project’s toll-free, domestic violence legal line along with safety planning and economic empowerment pamphlets. Although the annual drive is centered on a spring collection, The Project fulfills shelters’ requests to have purses on hand throughout the year.

“Last year, The Project served more than 5,500 clients, impacting the lives of over 13,000 women and their children. We know how critical access to legal services is in helping victims begin their journey of becoming a survivor,” said Heather Bellino, Executive Director of Texas Advocacy Project. “When victims call our legal line it is often the first time they have ever spoken to an attorney, and to learn that they have rights, that they can get protection and safety, is a life-altering moment. By placing The Project’s legal line inside the bags, victims will be armed with one of the strongest tools to break the cycle of violence – access to legal services.”

For more information, visit TexasAdvocacyProject.org.