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Anti DV Campaign

The Anti Domestic Violence Campaign aims to raise awareness of the existence of domestic violence within the Asian community, highlighting Islamic teachings on this subject and encouraging communities to take responsibility to prevent occurrences of all forms of domestic violence.

The message to the wider community is

Your sister, daughter, mother or other member of your extended family could be suffering from domestic violence right now; you need to take a stance against it.

How Does Domestic Violence Thrive in a Community?

Domestic violence thrives in a community where

  • there is no understanding of the difference between arranged and forced marriages
  • violence is considered a normal or essential part of the way specific people in the community can be treated and controlled, particularly women and children
  • parents, husbands, parents-in-law, grand parents and the extended family have excessive power and control over the lives of women and children
  • victims cannot get confidential help
  • discussing problems with others is discouraged.
  • there is no policy against either domestic violence or forced marriage within the Community.

How Can a Community Eliminate Domestic Violence?

Eradicating domestic violence from a community can be achieved when:

  • the community unites and 'voices' that domestic violence needs to be eliminated, forming and owning policies against such activities
  • it is considered as abnormal behavior having its roots in cultural norms and not in Islamic teaching.
  • Women's and children's rights are established and respected in parallel with the rights of husbands, in-laws, parents and the extended family
  • seeking support is encouraged and agencies and services such as phone help lines exist to support women and children.
  • the community actively follows policies against domestic violence and forced marriages

Raising Community Awareness

Many communities are unaware of domestic violence and its effect on those who suffer from it.

Via its Anti Domestic Violence Campaign, Apna Haq aims to raise awareness of communities to the effects of domestic violence and forced marriages both on the sufferers and the community as a whole. A community can only grow and thrive if all members of that community are pulling together in the same direction. Allowing one part of a community to discriminate against another part only serves to create unrest and division within the community.

A community can therefore choose to ignore problems of domestic violence and forced marriages only at the risk of the overall happiness and success of that community. Alternatively a community can take responsibility and educate itself on and observe Islamic teaching on domestic violence and forced marriages to enable policies against domestic violence to be formed.

A community must act and cannot turn a blind eye to domestic violence within its midst.

Apna Haq aims to raise the awareness of communities and help them educate themselves on Islamic teachings on domestic violence by

  • working and communicating with women in the community to discuss violence and forced marriages, inform them of the Islamic view of domestic violence and provide confidential help systems to them
  • supporting women wishing to serve on Steering and Management Committees within the community
  • working with men who come forward to seek support for those suffering in their community or extended family
  • creating relationships and responsibilities within the community which further the aims of discouraging domestic violence, encouraging debate and providing education on Islamic teachings.

Education

Via the Anti Domestic Violence Campaign, Apna Haq provides definitions of domestic violence and forced marriages so that people may understand these terms

Apna Haq aims to provide Islamic teachings on domestic violence through the Anti Domestic Violence Campaign. More information is available on our page on the Islamic Perspective on Violence

Encouraging the Community to take Responsibility

Apna Haq believes the community has a responsibility and role to play in eliminating domestic violence from within its midst. Apna Haq's Anti Domestic Violence Campaign aims to support this by

  • working with community leaders and Imams to discourage domestic violence and forced marriages within the community
  • working and communicating with men in the community on a group and individual basis to discourage domestic violence and forced marriages
  • encouraging discussions and debates within mosques, men’s groups, luncheon clubs, youth centers, as well as debates on radio and articles in newspapers
  • publishing data demonstrating the levels of domestic violence and forced marriages within a community
  • encouraging a community to use such publications to plan to reduce and eradicate these problems within the community
  • encouraging the community to provide and reward good role models

Islamic Teachings Emphasizing Positions of Women.

  • Best of husbands are those who are best to their wives.
  • The best judge of a man's character is his wife.
  • Rasual Parks examples of how he lived his life and how he treated women.

Through work with women's groups, mosques, men’s groups, youth groups, schools, and professionals, Apna Haq aims to establish that domestic violence in Islamic terms is anti-social behaviour to be looked down upon by everyone.

Rights of Women and Children.

  • Women's position within the family and the community
  • The way women and children are treated
  • Live life free of violence
  • Right to express views and opinions
  • Young people - marriage 'arranged' versus 'forced'.
  • Right to express views, options.

More work needs to be done on this area to gain a better understanding of Islamic Rights of Women.

Publicity Campaign

  • Posters and leaflets to doctors surgeries, clinics, youth centers and mosques.
  • Radio and news paper articles
  • Talks in women's groups
  • Talks in mosques.
  • Work and publicity in Schools.

Services that should be offered:

  • Bi-lingual phone help line
  • Bi-lingual counselors and advice workers.
  • Hardship fund.
  • Safe houses and refuges for short term and long term solutions
  • Work with agencies to make them more accessible to black/Asian young people.

There is an active anti-domestic policy owned both by community members & agencies.

  • Mosque imams/community leaders/people in positions of power, in-laws, family etc see it as a responsibility to support women and children.
  • Asian women have 'political' voice, which is taken into account by service providers at all levels service strategy.
  • Domestic violence work is part of mainstream funding.
  • Interagency work is carried out to support women and children in domestic violence situations.

Contact Details

Phone:
01709 519212
01709 519211
Fax:
01709 519211
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