Muslim Youth and Intimate Partner Violence

The Beyond Halal and Haram: Muslims, Sex, and Relationships safety card was developed as 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. Because there are high levels of discrimination against Muslims, a dearth of resources for Muslims related to sex and relationships, and because many Muslims may also encounter cultural barriers that prevent them from discussing these issues with family and community members, this card has been developed to meet the specific needs of Muslim youth.

The card has 5 double-sided panels which provide information on healthy relationships and sex, guidance and resources for support, how to help a friend, and cultural and religious factors that may 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.

This safety card was created through a collaboration between Futures Without Violence, HEART Women & Girls, and Advocates for Youth.

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