advocates for domestic violence awareness by facilitating
workshops for Muslim leaders and communities
across America. Rates of domestic
violence in the Muslim community are at comparable
levels to other faith groups in the United States (Alkhateeb 1998).
Our goal is for the Muslim leadership and community
to recognize this reality and become catalysts
for change from within.
workshops have demonstrated that local community
members grow in their understanding of family
conflict and abuse, and their ability to be effectively
engaged as Muslim leaders. Muslim communities
benefit by the influx of new leaders who are knowledgeable
about domestic violence and committed to positive
change. They also gain as leaders increase their
visibility as proponents of anti-domestic violence
advocacy, and use their new insight to promote
change, establish new and helpful civic relationships,
and engage the community more fully. The workshops
help serve as a catalyst for new domestic violence
initiatives and programs in each city. New organizations
focusing on domestic violence are created in some
cities while direct service groups are
formed under the auspices of local mosques in others.
are conducted by PFP facilitators with extensive
expertise in advocating against domestic violence
in Muslim communities. Each workshop is customized
to meet the needs of the sponsoring community,
so advocates from various fields of social service
expertise, Islamic scholars, local religious leaders,
and legal experts may also present. We encourage
sponsoring organizations to foster a collaborative
approach by connecting with imams, masjid board
and committee members, community leaders, attorneys,
social service professionals, school teachers,
domestic violence advocates, mental health providers,
medical professionals, human rights activists,
political activists, and youth leaders.
Raise awareness among the Muslim leadership
and activists about domestic violence.
Increase understanding of the Islamic stance
on conflict resolution in marriage, divorce,
and family relationships.
Begin identifying acceptable and effective interventions.
Build bridges between religious leaders and
professionals in the field.
Identify commonalities and conflicts between
Islamic and American law.
Topics (A Sampling of Topics Offered)
Verbal and Physical Abuse
of Abuse and How You Can Help
- Quranic Paradigm for Healthy Families
of Abuse on the Family
Cycle and Spiral of Violence
Effects of Violence on All Family Members
Mind of the Batterer: Real
Intervention, and Conflict Resolution
& Divorce in Islamic and American Law
Muslim Marriage Contract