Several celebrities broke their silence on domestic abuse after NFL star Ray Rice’s TMZ video grabbed headlines earlier this month.
However, actress Kerry Washington was not one of them – because she had already spoken on a similar topic a day before the disturbing elevator footage went viral.
The twice Emmy-nominated star had filmed, on Sept. 7, a public service announcement about a rarely discussed aspect of domestic violence – financial abuse.
The PSA was released this week by the Allstate Foundation, which had already started on an initiative called "Purple Purse" to raise awareness of domestic abuse involving money.
"Finances are almost always a weapon of choice," Washington says in the video. "Taking away access to cash, destroying credit, jeopardizing jobs -- financial abuse leaves invisible bruises that can take decades to heal."
According to the Associated Press, Washington said the facts and figures presented were such eye openers that she immediately agreed to serve as the campaign's spokeswoman.
In an interview with The Huffington Post, following the Ray Rice elevator video scandal, the “Scandal” star talked about how women get trapped in abusive relationships because of financial difficulties.
"It's the reason why so many people stay," she said. "That whole hashtag #WhyIStayed that happened last week, you saw how many of those responses were about feeling trapped financially."
Watch the complete PSA on financial domestic abuse in the video above.