Never Underestimate the Power of Hope

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Limited Edition Carolyn Line Handbag Purses

“Hopefull Handbags genuinely cares and supports survivors on their journey to success, whatever their unique success means to them.”

Delivering Hope and More

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

Donate handbags, journals, or essentials! See our list of essentials and visit your Hopefull Handbag Affiliate for donation locations and additional information.

At Hopefull Handbags Global Nonprofit, our mission is clear: we work tirelessly on a global scale to promote long-term health, sustainability, and the safety and well-being of survivors of domestic abuse and their children. We believe in inclusivity for everyone, recognizing the unique value of each individual. Our approach is deeply rooted in community engagement, ensuring that we address the real needs of both families and entire communities. Our three pillars guide our mission: “Safety and Sustainability of Survivors and Their Children”, “Self-Defense Empowerment”, “Special Projects for Lasting Impact.”
    1. Every donation you make goes directly to the specific project it supports. Join us in creating lasting positive change around the world.”
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Impact of our Work

Our Hopefull Handbags are sometimes the first step in overcoming the fear about change. You do have support.

Hopefull Handbags focuses on providing the knowledge, information, and tools to help you to feel inspired, motivated and empowered to create positive change in your life which affects everything and everyone around you. Learn More about our Survivor Services.

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Global Reach

The need to spread hope to and grow confidence in those enduring domestic abuse goes beyond a single locale or national border.

There are multiple Hopefull Handbags Affiliates spanning the globe, including AustraliaCanadathe CaribbeanEngland and WalesSouth Africa, Kenya, Uganda and the USA. Learn more about our Global Affiliate Program here!

Cathlene Miner

Cathlene's Story

Cathlene’s Why Behind Hopefull Handgbags Global

Cathlene Miner is the founder and CEO of Hopefull Handbags Global Non Profit, Inc. an author, international speaker, on-air personality mother and grandmother.

After seeing her grandmother live in and deal with domestic abuse daily she knew at a young age that something had to change. Cathlene’s parents broke the cycle and she feels blessed to have seen first hand what healthy relationships look like.

Cathlene is dedicated to spreading the message of hope and raising awareness that Abuse of any kind is NOT OK and that there is help and support globally. The more adults we can get to safety they fewer children that have to grow up in abusive homes.

It is time to change the patterns so that Domestic Abuse is brought out in to the open. Hopefull Handbags Global Non Profit, Inc. assists communities globally in this vision through partnerships, sponsors, local advocates, and support from businesses worldwide.

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