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Domestic Violence in the Pandemic; Facts and Myths

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Assalamu alaikum:

The United Nations has launched a worldwide campaign to fight what it calls a “shadow pandemic”: the rise of violence against girls and women during COVID-19. 

It notes that emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified. 

As Sound Vision discovered this week after talking to leaders and experts on family violence in the Muslim community, we are not immune to this shadow pandemic. 

It is important to emphasize that when we talk about domestic violence, although the majority of victims and fatalities are women, the issue is not about men versus women or women versus men. We are talking about violence versus peace and control versus respect. 

The Islamic model of family life is based on the core relationship of a husband and wife that is based on mercy and love (Rahma and Muwadda), as established in the Quran (30:21). Domestic violence is a violation of this. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the surface and intensified domestic violence that has been a problem long before the stresses associated with the virus hit. This week, we look at how Muslim families are faring, and what we can do as a community to break this devastating and deadly cycle. 
Peace,
Sound Vision Team

Myths and Facts About Domestic Violence

Before understanding the causes and identifying solutions for individual victims of domestic violence and for our society as a whole, it is important to understand the myths and facts associated with it.

Muslims and Domestic Violence During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Since July and onwards, Mona Kafeel of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation said “the number of calls exploded” on the organization’s domestic violence hotline. She noted also that they were “way more disturbing calls, way more disturbing clients.”

How Prophet Muhammad Fought Domestic Violence

God’s peace and blessings be upon him. Their number is not known with certainty. Perhaps they were only two. Maybe they were twenty. Regardless, these women approached the man who had thus far, given them hope for this world and beyond. This time, it was to seek a solution to behavior that seemed so inimical to the values he taught:

Domestic Violence Hurts Muslims Too
Domestic abuse knows no boundaries. It occurs among well known and little known community members, the rich, the poor, the well-educated and uneducated, foreign-born and American-born, all cultures, racial and religious groups-including Muslim converts and non-converts.

 

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