Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
Since 1994, the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition (MMWC) has been dedicated to promoting an accurate understanding of Islam and Muslim women, along with providing an array of leadership, healthcare and job training programs for women and girls. We envision a world where women and girls are nurtured and empowered to reach their fullest potential – and dignity, respect, compassion and social justice are the standard for us all.
In a 2011 Peaceful Families DV Survey, 31% of American Muslims reported experiencing abuse within an intimate partner relationship and 53% of American Muslims reported experiencing some form of domestic violence during their lifetime.
In the post 9/11 era, Muslim communities generally do not report abuse to avoid any association with violence. By disclosing violence, they feel like they are perpetuating the notion that Muslim communities are violent.
Survey also showed that over 82% of Muslim women will not go to standard shelters because they believe their cultural and religious needs are not accommodated.
A study of 57 closed-case files from an American Muslim women’s shelter revealed that 37% had experienced multiple types of abuse, 23% experienced physical abuse, and 12% experienced emotional abuse.
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