Domestic & Family Violence

Research on Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) and strengthening families is one of our specialisations. Our work involves evidence-based grass-root level initiatives focussed on prevention and recovery approaches. These target survivors/victims, perpetrators, families afflicted with DFV and children that grow up in those homes underpinned by cultural and religious appropriateness. Our current research initiatives include:

  • Challenges identifying DFV for Muslim communities
  • DFV perpetration/victimisation and associated factors in Muslim communities
  • DFV attitudes and associated factors for Muslim communities
  • Muslim scholars’ views of verse 4:34 and DFV
  • Muslim victims’ experiences with the Australian Criminal Justice system
  • Intersection between religion and cultural impositions on gender roles/gender relations that perpetuate DFV
  • Developing culturally responsive strategies towards faith-based approach to DFV
  • Community based strategies in prevention/recovery approaches to DFV

Two signature programs are currently offered (with more to come) to strengthen family relationships underpinned with a Muslim worldview and strength-based approach:

  • The 13-session inspiredNAFSi personal leadership for Domestic Violence program is a holistic approach to development of human potential. It depicts a journey of learning and self-discovery empowering the individual and the community and enabling individuals with skills - to heal any trauma through sharing, learning, transforming life into new futures.
    • The Muslim Leaders Empowerment Program for Domestic Violence is an intensive cross-cultural training offered to faith and community leaders to upskill them on a better understanding on the dynamics/factors of DFV and some proactive approaches to dealing with victims of DFV to bring about change in dysfunctional relationships. Read about it here.

Areas of study and research

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