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Handbags collected for domestic violence victims

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For some women who are victims of domestic abuse something as little as a handbag can change their days.

This sentiment is what's fueling an annual drive by the Texas Advocacy Project and the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

The drive is called Handbags for Hope. All one has to do to participate is to donate a new or gently used handbag. The handbags will be distributed to possible abuse victims at shelters across Texas.

There is a sewn-in tag included inside the bag that has the hotline number for the Texas Advocacy Project. The hope is to make this vital number handy for those who need it most.

"Our jails are full of people who have witnessed violence in the home as children," said Heather Bellino, Director of Development and Communications for the Texas Advocacy Project. "The cycle of violence continues because people who witness violence in the home are more likely to become abusers, and 100, over 100 Texans, die every single year because of domestic violence."

In the past five years the Handbags for Hope program has collected more than 13,000 handbags for women across the state.

To donate, just bring handbags to the Travis County Sheriff's Office on Airport Boulevard.

LINK: Texas Advocacy Project

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