The Peaceful Families Project (PFP) was founded by Sharifa Alkhateeb (1946-2004) in the year 2000. Sharifa was a pioneer who spent 40 years advocating for the civil rights of Muslims in the United States, and for Muslim women's rights in particular. She worked tirelessly on behalf of Muslim victims of domestic violence, and collaborated with Muslim leaders and communities across the nation from 2000-2004 conducting workshops to raise awareness levels. In 1993 she conducted the first national study on the prevalence of physical violence among Muslims in the United States, showing that 10% of Muslims were experiencing physical abuse, a figure that is comparable to national statistics and other faith groups. Her enthusiasm inspired Muslim activists to become proactive in their own communities, resulting in the development of domestic violence organizations and victim resources in many Muslim communities.

To address domestic violence issues, PFP conducts peaceful family dynamics and violence awareness programs across the United States for Muslim communities. We also provide cultural sensitivity workshops for service providers and professionals serving Muslim clientele.

To learn more about PFP's perspective on maintaining peaceful families, please view the introduction to our book, Change From Within: Diverse Perspectives on Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities, at: http://peacefulfamilies.org/CFWIntro.pdf

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