Why the Community Ignores It
Community attitudes toward domestic violence are entrenched, long-standing, and
not easy to change. We have seen change in the dominant society over the last thirty
years with regard to domestic violence — but even with government support
and all kinds of attention from the nonprofit sector, there is a long ways to go.
The Muslim Community is beginning to change, but it is useful to recognize some
of the barriers to this change. Here are just a few of the reasons the Community
ignores domestic violence.
Ignorance: The community believes domestic violence is rare, because
they never hear it spoken about. As a result, the community may minimize the seriousness
of domestic violence.
Community's pride: In the post 9/11 era, Muslim communities generally
want to avoid any association with violence. By disclosing violence they feel like
they are perpetuating the notion that Muslim communities are violent.
It’s None of Their Business: They don't want to intrude in
people's privacy, and believe it is impolite to speak up about something the family
wants to hide.
Abuser's Influence: The abusers may give large donations to the
local mosques or Islamic Center. This may serve to inhibit the Imam and others from
speaking up. Abuser's financial and social status also influences the community.
Some abusers secure positions in the boards of mosques and Islamic centers.