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11 Services to Turn to if You Are Experiencing Abusive Behaviour in Your Home

by in Soul on 16th June, 2022

Whether this list is for you or a friend I believe that if we share it widely someone will benefit from this list. If you know a woman then share this list with her, share it in your ISOC groups, what’s app groups, mosque and halaqa groups and share it with women of all ages. If I have learned one thing about domestic violence (DV) is that is can and it does affect women in every corner of society and is not specific to culture, race or country. Often women experience DV behind closed doors and lists like this can be the first step in navigating an escape or for them to begin to piece together an exit plan or an understanding of what life on the other side looks like for them and what options are available.

May Allah grant all the sisters reading this immense reward and immense relief. Allah is with you, Allah has a plan for you and Allah will open doors for you.

Ameen

Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, for it is carried above the clouds. Allah Almighty says: By My might and majesty, I will help you in due time. Source: al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 3718, Grade: Sahih


Whilst these helplines provide information and advice they are not emergency services.  If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find out how to call the police when you can’t speakIf you are deaf or can’t use a phone You can register with the emergencySMS. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.


1. Nour DV

“We provide Islamic support and advice through our Islamic advisors (male and female) who are from a range of different Islamic schools of thought. We also have a dedicated team of professional and legal advisors who are able to offer psychological support and appropriate counselling to victims of domestic violence.

If you or somebody you know is suffering from domestic violence then there is help available. At Nour, we are currently able to provide you with access to Islamic Advisors, Legal Advisors and also have a team of Professional Advisors who can offer health related advice including counselling and psychological support.”

Contact: support@nour-dv.org.uk

2. Womens Aid

“We are working to improve society’s response to domestic abuse to ensure that every survivor gets the support they need, whoever and whenever they ask for help.

If something doesn’t feel right in your relationship, it probably isn’t

If your behaviour has changed because of how your partner treats you or your children, this can be the sign of an unhealthy or controlling relationship.

We know talking to someone else about your personal life can be hard, but getting in touch with us can be your first and most important step.”

Contact: info@womensaid.org.uk

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3. London Black Women’s Project (formerly Newham Asian Women’s Project)

“We are here to support women and girls. We can help with information, housing and homelessness, safe space, healing and recovery through art, advice and advocacy, keyworking and therapeutic support. LBWP is a specialist and dedicated BME woman only organisation. It is committed to securing the highest level of quality services provision towards protecting, promoting and developing the rights and resources of women and children from BME (Black Minority Ethnic) communities.”

Contact: 020 8472 0528/ info@lbwp.co.uk

​4. Muslim Welfare House/Eden Houses

“MWHT is proud to present the EHUK Project. Domestic abuse, forced marriage, abuse of New Muslims and many other forms of abuse happens in all communities. As Muslims it is our duty to challenge this behaviour and support victims. Violence and abuse against others is oppression (dhulm).

Since 2015, EHUK has provided safe housing to women and children from across the UK helping hundreds of victims from new Muslims to non Muslims. We aim to empower women to rebuild their shattered lives.

If you need help or advice, please contact us through our website. Don’t suffer in silence.”

Contact: 0207 2633071 /233 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2DA/ Tel: 02072633071 E: info@mwht.org.uk

5. Refuge Charity

“At Refuge, we believe that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse. On any given day Refuge supports more than 6,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse; for example domestic violence, sexual violence, so-called ‘honour’-based violence, human trafficking and modern slavery, and female genital mutilation. Refuge’s specialist services include refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach projects, culturally specific services and the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline.”

Contact: 0808 2000 247

7. Spark and Co

Spark and  Co. is a Community Interest Company that supports people of colour in the UK by providing information, education & opportunity, they are a resource hub. We work with a range of partners and expert trainers or bring you online workshops, videos, guides and resources. Spark and Co have a range of resources from DV to debt relief and housing help to name a few.

Our mission Is to:

  1. Be the trusted source of information on services and support available, both during the COVID-19 crisis and after.
  2. Equip, enable and empower our users to make decisions and access support based on their individual needs.
  3. Tackle inequalities in the UK experienced by our users due to systematic and environmental challenges or cultural considerations.

Contact: 07415 312 775

9. Chayn 

A directory by Chayn listing various organisations and services that support survivors of gender-based violence globally.

Chayn is a global nonprofit, run by survivors and allies from around the world, creating resources to support the healing of survivors of gender-based violence. We create open, online resources and services for survivors of abuse that are trauma-informed, intersectional, multi-lingual and feminist.

Global directory 

10. Solace

“Solace was set up in 2010 by a group of women who were concerned about the difficulties facing revert sisters both in the short and long term, and their variety of needs. Whilst there are many organisations within the United Kingdom catering for the educational and Islamic needs of revert sisters, there appeared to be a lack of support and provision of services catering specifically for the holistic needs of revert sisters. Recognising the need for an organisation with the aim of supporting revert sisters through their various difficulties led to the creation of Solace.”

Contact: info@solaceuk.org 07985 641 080

11. Sakeenah Foundation

“Our work is to help vulnerable people in our communities live better lives, by developing and raising their potential. In everything we do, we must act with excellence and professionalism. We believe that every life should be treated with the utmost compassion and encourage compassion within the organisation and in our local community. We hold the Oath of Transparency that Allah the Exalted has entrusted us to and we maintain that trust with those who place their faith in us in order to be a part of our project. To actively raise awareness of issues that directly impact Muslim women so their concerns can be addressed in society today.”

Contact: help@sakeenahfoundation.co.uk


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Selina Bakkar

Selina Bakkar

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