The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued its first anti-domestic abuse advert.
The advert features a hijab-clad woman – with just her eyes visible through the slits in her veil – one of which is blackened and bloodshot.
When the emergency services arrived at Rebecca Beattie’s home, a trail of blood led to where she lay, battered, on the kitchen floor. A day after he had promised to kill her if she left him, her partner returned home to find her with friends – attacking them and then repeatedly punching and kicking the mother of his son as she lay at his feet.
When we usually think of domestic violence we think of the victim who is usually a helpless woman being hit by a strong man. We think of him abusing her with words, actions, looks, threats, and more. Very few people actually talk about what impact domestic violence has for the kids who are involved in this situation. You see we tend to overlook them because they are young and malleable, but are they really? Many cases of domestic violence have shown that those who witness domestic violence themselves will either take the same pattern on without realizing it or they will hate it. Most likely the child will unknowingly have picked up a trait, such as threatening, being dominant, verbally abusive, hit- but not at the extreme that they saw, humiliate a person, intimidate them, or even isolate them. Again the sad part is that they don’t want to be like this, but after years of exposure in a home of domestic violence, these traits sort of get ingrained in them without them even trying.
Domestic violence is the greatest cause of harm in British society, one of Britain’s most senior police officers has warned.
Chief Superintendent John Sutherland of the Metropolitan police was speaking at the Tackling Britain’s Gang Culture conference, where people whose lives have been affected by gangs and street crime gathered to discuss the causes of the problems, the impact and possible solutions.
A new campaign asking Muslim men and women to speak out against domestic violence is being launched in Scotland.
The Change This campaign wants people to report any violence they have seen or experienced.
Muslim women’s charity Amina will use Islamic teachings and an Imam to challenge the misconception that Islam allows violence against women.