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Hopefull Handbags Global


18 Mullpark, Portglenone, Ulster

Hopefull Handbags Global

Assisting Survivors of domestic abuse and their children to safety, health, wellness, and long-term sustainability.


It’s Happening Everywhere, Dating and Domestic Abuse As young as age 13

  • On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking with impacts such as injury, fearfulness, post-traumatic stress disorder, use of victim services, contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, etc.
    • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors (e.g. slapping, shoving, pushing) and in some cases might not be considered “domestic violence.”
    • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
    • 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner. Data is unavailable on male victims.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

Source: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence NCADV

where your money goes

Funding essential supplies for handbags, purchasing items needed by the boot on the ground organisations in refuge and outreach, sometimes even funding emergency accommodation. Physical donations of goods and handbags are always redistributed in the area in which they are collected so that communities are giving back in their own areas.


What started with a purse in 2017 in remembrance of Cathlene’s grandmother, Carolyn, has now grown into a global nonprofit that can be found in over seven countries. The reality is that 85% of survivors will go back to their abuser after their short stay at the shelter and with family and friends because they have nowhere else to go and no ongoing one-on-one mentorship to assist in finding a job to support themselves and the journey that is ahead. Read more about Cathlene’s why here.

Hopefull Handbags Global is raising funds to open Carolyn’s Haven of Hope Bridge Housing to assist in the huge gap in our society.The Hopefull Handbags open up the conversation. Once we establish what survivors and their children need individually and we know where they are on their unique journey we go to work to make it happen.

Our SHINE and NEW Programs are one on one mentoring that is changing lives for the better

The community gets involved in so many ways! Community members and businesses can donate, volunteer, and/or become drop-off locations.

Help us open the conversation