Beyond Halal and Haram: Muslims, sex, and relationships
The goal of this safety card is to be both a survivor-centered resource and a useful conversation starter for health care providers, counselors, social workers, mentors, or other adults working with high-school and college-aged Muslim youth who are doing universal education around healthy relationships and assessing for violence. The card provides information on healthy relationships and sex, guidance and resources for support, how to help a friend, and cultural and religious factors that play into decision-making.
Like all of FUTURES’ safety cards, the purpose of this card is to be used by health care providers and health center staff as a conversation starter with all patients on the connections between health and relationships using the “CUES” approach to addressing intimate partner violence in health settings. Moving beyond the limits of disclosure-driven practice (eg. traditional screening for domestic violence), this approach ensures that all patients, not just those who are able to disclose violence, have access to information, resources, and support.
It can also be used in community-based organizations, counseling centers, and religious institutions to augment their prevention education and trauma-informed response efforts.
The card has 5 double-sided panels and folds up accordion style to be 3.5in x 2in so that it can easily fit in a wallet or a shoe insole.
This safety card was created through a collaboration between Futures Without Violence, HEART Women & Girls, and Advocates for Youth.
Illustration by Mohammed Fayaz. Available in English as a digital download.