(CLEVELAND, OH, 5/12/08) – The Cleveland Chapter of CAIR-Ohio recently provided training on preventing domestic violence at the Ohio Attorney General’s 2008 Conference on Victim Assistance. The event is a statewide conference to provide training for those who assist victims in the aftermath of crime.
CAIR’s training, which was part of a session on “Domestic Violence in Immigrant Homes,” focused on domestic violence in the Muslim community.
The training offered tools and suggestions for helping victim/witness advocates optimize services for Muslim women and covered issues such as the impact of family violence on the Muslim community, challenges and barriers for advocates and victims, resources for combating domestic violence in Muslim communities, marriage and gender roles in Islam, the role of religious texts, and Islamic perspectives on healthy relationships.
“Violence in the home is a serious public health and law enforcement problem that cuts across all demographic lines,” said CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson. “The goal of our training is to break down barriers to effective treatment and prevention by offering law enforcement officials and social workers the awareness and tools to provide culturally-aligned approaches to help stop domestic violence in diverse communities.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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