FAITH’s TWO-PRONG FOCUS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

FAITH’s TWO-PRONG FOCUS ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

“What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families”

What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families was written for victim advocates working at FAITH (Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help) in the field of domestic violence (DV).

FAITH realized that most Muslim women don’t know the rights that Allah SWT has blessed them with. DV survivors were following some cultural norms thinking that it was Islam. Therefore, suffering in silence.

FAITH approached the authors to write this book from the Islamic perspective so that the culture could be separated from the religion. FAITH thanks the authors for their expertise, diligence, hard work and commitment to writing this book. 

The grant funding for the first edition was awarded to FAITH Social Services by International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS). It was funded in part by the Department of Criminal Justice V-Stop grant to CMHS.

FAITH is grateful to the scholars who reviewed this book and gave their reflections and blessings. FAITH appreciates the work of editors on this book. FAITH recognizes Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University for making “What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A guide for Helping Muslim Families” in a digital book.

This book can be downloaded free for educational purposes only and cannot be sold. May this knowledge bring light to all in this world Ameen.

Published in 2003 by FAITH (Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help)

About “What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families”

What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A Guide for Helping Muslim Families was written for victim advocates working at FAITH (Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help) in the field of domestic violence (DV).

FAITH realized that most Muslim women don’t know the rights that Allah SWT has blessed them with. DV survivors were following some cultural norms thinking that it was Islam. Therefore, suffering in silence.

FAITH approached the authors to write this book from the Islamic perspective so that the culture could be separated from the religion. FAITH thanks the authors for their expertise, diligence, hard work and commitment to writing this book. The grant funding for the first edition was awarded to FAITH Social Services by International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS). It was funded in part by the Department of Criminal Justice V-Stop grant to CMHS.

FAITH is grateful to the scholars who reviewed this book and gave their reflections and blessings. FAITH appreciates the work of editors on this book. FAITH recognizes Center for Islam in the Contemporary World (CICW) at Shenandoah University for making “What Islam Says About Domestic Violence: A guide for Helping Muslim Families” in a digital book.

This book can be downloaded free for educational purposes only and cannot be sold. May this knowledge bring light to all in this world Ameen.

Published in 2003 by FAITH (Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help)

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GRANTS THAT SPF PROGRAM HAS RECEIVED

2014

FAITH is a partner with Fairfax County and the Women’s Center to facilitate the visitation and exchange program for children impacted by domestic violence at the Fairfax County courthouse. The Safe Haven program has been funded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

2009

In 2009 FAITH, Fairfax County and The Women Center of Vienna were granted the Safe Haven grant by Department Of Justice to establish a supervised visitation and supervised exchange center for children coming from families with domestic violence. FAITH also benefited from VAWA funding by being able to attend trainings on domestic violence and victim advocacy. FAITH has been keeping data on domestic Violence clients. Most of our clients are Muslim. This data on Muslims is able to give some insight to the Imams on their congregation. The Imams are looking forward to giving sermons on social issues which are prevalent in their congregation.

2006 – 2010

From 2006 to 2010 FAITH Social Services Domestic Violence Program was funded by the Legal Assistance for Victims grant in partnership with LSNV, APALRC and the Korean Community Services Board. With that funding we helped over 200 victims of domestic violence in those four years.

This program was developed to promote stable families and help domestic violence victims gain information about the resources available to them. The caseworkers at FAITH are committed to helping abused clients by providing crisis counseling, safety planning, legal representation, court advocacy, translation services and financial assistance. FAITH is a partner with Fairfax County and the Women’s Center to facilitate the visitation and exchange program for children impacted by domestic violence at the Fairfax County courthouse. The Safe Haven program has been funded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

In February, FAITH’s Executive Director, Ambreen Ahmed was one of the upcoming National Alliance webinar about the effects of the immigration EO on domestic violence victims in the Muslim community, and how advocates can better serve them at this time. The National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse consists of a diverse group of advocates, mental health professionals, lawyers, researchers, and others from the DV community.

The webinar is: “The administration’s recent executive actions on immigration has caused confusion and fear among immigrant communities nationwide. Given that abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to maintain power and control in the relationship, the recent executive actions may make survivors even more afraid to seek help.

The webinar helps:

  • Understand the provision of the executive orders which are likely to directly impact survivors

  • Identify key ways to protect your clients and engage in community advocacy to protect immigrant survivors

  • Incorporate enhanced family safety planning as well as connecting to reliable know your rights materials

view the FAITH immigration presentation 2017

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM RECOGNITION

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a proclamation acknowledging FAITH’s work for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DV Awareness Months intent is to connect advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women, men, and children. This month, activities have three common themes that remain a key focus: mourning those that have died because of domestic violence; celebrating those who have survived; and connecting those who have worked to end violence.

Domestic Violence Outreach Toolbox

Interactive program that provides different segments to help individuals better understand FAITH’s Safe & Peaceful Families program. The toolbox is a compilation of Islamic Verses from the Quran on justice, freedom and equality, which are the pillars of society.

The Toolkits includes activities for outreach, such as Posters, Exercises to simulate peaceful families and how to approach it. Individuals are exposed to difficult scenarios and how to react to them, ultimately providing support to individuals or families.

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