COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION

PFP 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.

Previous 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.


Workshops 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.

 

Workshop Objectives

  1. Raise awareness among the Muslim leadership and activists about domestic violence.
  2. Increase understanding of the Islamic stance on conflict resolution in marriage, divorce, and family relationships.
  3. Begin identifying acceptable and effective interventions.
  4. Build bridges between religious leaders and professionals in the field.
  5. Identify commonalities and conflicts between Islamic and American law.

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Workshop Topics (A Sampling of Topics Offered)

  • Emotional, Verbal and Physical Abuse
  • Signs of Abuse and How You Can Help
  • Quranic Paradigm for Healthy Families
  • Impact of Abuse on the Family
  • The Cycle and Spiral of Violence
  • Legal Effects of Violence on All Family Members
  • The Mind of the Batterer: Real Life Cases
  • Prevention, Intervention, and Conflict Resolution
  • Marriage & Divorce in Islamic and American Law
  • The Muslim Marriage Contract

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