Directory of Domestic Violence Programs Serving Muslims

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Directory of Domestic Violence Programs Serving Muslim Communities

Directory of Domestic Violence Programs Serving Muslim Communities has been compiled in collaboration with Peaceful Families Project. The API Institute undertook this compilation since many Muslims in the U.S. come from various regions in Asia. We have attempted to be as systematic as possible, to include organizations serving Muslim women, immigrant and refugee women from the Middle East and Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asia. We have not systematically been able to list resources for African American Muslims (i.e., indigenous Muslims) or refugees from Africa (e.g., Somalis) and Europe (e.g., Bosnians). In general, all women can access the resources listed in the directory.

The Directory is for:

  • Muslim victims/survivors of domestic violence;
  • Service providers and advocates who assist abused Muslim women;
  • Organizations serving Muslim women, immigrant and refugee women from the Middle East and Central, East, South, Southeast, and West Asia;
  • Organizations serving abused women from Arab, South Asian, and other Asian communities; and
  • National organizations that address domestic violence and gender issues in Muslim communities.

An Explanation about some of the Categories Used:

Arab-specific programs: Agencies that explicitly, but not exclusively, serve abused Arab women; have Arab advocates; and/or have staff trained to work with Arab domestic violence victims/survivors. Note that not all Arabs are Muslims.

I&R: Information & Referral (on-line and telephonic): Information and resources about violence against Muslim women. Referrals to Muslim victims/survivors of domestic violence for culturally-appropriate social and legal services.

Muslim-specific programs: Agencies that explicitly, but not exclusively, serve abused Muslim women and communities; have Muslim advocates; and/or have staff trained to work with Muslim domestic violence victims/survivors and communities. Includes organizations providing information on Muslim cultural issues and violence against Muslim women.

National organizations: Provide information, technical assistance and training for domestic violence advocates, community organizers and others.

South Asian programs: Agencies that serve Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan abused women, and that may or may not have the capacity to serve Muslim women.

Programs Serving Muslim Communities:

  1. Access California Services (Anaheim, CA)
  2. Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home) (Chicago, IL)
  3. Arab American Family Services (AAFS) (Bridgeview, IL)
  4. Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) (Dearborn, MI)
  5. Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA)
  6. Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) (Brooklyn, NY)
  7. Arizona South Asians For Safe Families (ASAFSF) (Scottsdale, AZ)
  8. ASHA for Women (Rockville, MD)
  9. ASHA-Ray of Hope (Columbus, OH)
  10. Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (San Francisco, CA)
  11. Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC) (Los Angeles, CA)
  12. Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) (Washington, DC)
  13. Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (Boston, MA)
  14. Asian Women United of Minnesota (AWUM) (Minneapolis, MN)
  15. Asian Women's Shelter (AWS) (San Francisco, CA)
  16. Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP) (Washington, DC)
  17. Asians Against Domestic Abuse (Houston, TX)
  18. Baitul Hemayah, Inc. (Newark, NJ)
  19. Baitul Salaam Network (Atlanta, GA)
  20. Central Texas Muslimaat (Austin, TX)
  21. Chaya (Seattle, WA)
  22. Chetna (Richardson, TX)
  23. Consulates
  24. Daya Inc. (Houston, TX)
  25. Domestic Harmony Foundation (Syosset, NY)
  26. FAITH (Foundation for Appropriate and Immediate Temporary Help) (Herndon, VA)
  27. FaithTrust Institute (Seattle, WA)
  28. Hamdard Center (Chicago, IL)
  29. Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) (Portland, OR)
  30. Interval House (Long Beach, CA)
  31. Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA-USA) (Mesa, AZ)
  32. Islamic Society of North American (ISNA), Domestic Violence Forum (Plainfield, IN)
  33. Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (Washington, DC)
  34. Kismet (Islamabad, Pakistan)
  35. Legal Momentum: Immigrant Women Program (Washington, DC)
  36. License to Freedom (El Cajon, CA)
  37. Maitri (San Jose, CA)
  38. Manavi, Inc. (New Brunswick, NJ)
  39. Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
  40. Mosaic Family Services, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
  41. Muslim Community Center for Human Services (MCCHS) (Richland Hills, TX)
  42. Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse (MMADA) (Champaign, IL)
  43. Muslim Women's League (Los Angeles, CA)
  44. Muslimat Al-Nisaa (Baltimore, MD)
  45. Narika (Berkeley, CA)
  46. Naseeha: Muslim Youth Helpline (Mississauga, Ontario)
  47. New Star Family Center (Hawthorne, CA)
  48. New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC) (New York, NY)
  49. North-American Islamic Shelter for the Abused (NISA) (Palo Alto, CA)
  50. Peaceful Families Project (PFP) (Great Falls, VA)
  51. Raksha, Inc (Atlanta, GA)
  52. Refugee Women's Alliance (ReWA) (Seattle, WA)
  53. SAATHI of Rochester, Inc. (East Rochester, NY)
  54. Sahara of South Florida (Miami, FL)
  55. SAHELI for Asian Families (Austin, TX)
  56. Saheli, Friendship for South Asian Women (Burlington, MA)
  57. Sakhi for South Asian Women (New York, NY)
  58. Sanctuary for Families (New York, NY)
  59. Sauti Yetu Center for African Women (New York, NY)
  60. SAWERA (South Asian Women's Empowerment & Resource Alliance) (Portland, OR)
  61. SEMAH (Safety, Education, Mutual Respect, Awareness and Hope) (Newark, CA)
  62. Sisters of Sunnah Islamic Services (S.O.S.) (Tacoma, WA)
  63. Sneha, Inc. (West Hartford, CT)
  64. South Asian Network (SAN) (Artesia, CA)
  65. Tapestri, Inc. (Tucker, GA)
  66. Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (Plano, TX)
  67. Turning Point for Women and Families (Flushing, NY)
  68. United Somali Women of Maine (USWM) (Lewiston, ME)
  69. Wafa House (Clifton, NJ)
  70. Women in Islam, Inc. (New York, NY)
  71. Women Living Under Muslim Laws (London, England)
  72. Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) (New York, NY)

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Muslim Forums on Women’s Issues

Muslim Forums on Women’s Issues: A Resource Directory has listings that address Muslim identities, women’s roles, gender-based violence, and cultural change. The diverse range of organizations listed here provide information about domestic violence in Muslim communities and on related topics such as community empowerment, women’s experiences or interfaith relations. The eradication of domestic violence requires a broad social and community approach which acknowledges endeavors from various segments of society and recognizes complex markers of identity (e.g., race, class, gender). Forums are identified by national origin, profession, or interest area. They provide space for online or event-based discussions and posting opinions and ideas about issues pertaining to their organizational purpose or affiliation. ‘Muslim’ describes people who self-identify as Muslims, whether they are practicing Muslims or not.


  1. American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA)
  2. Arab Cultural & Community Center of Center San Francisco
  3. Islamic Society of North America
  4. FaithTrust Institute
  5. Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
  7. Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA-USA)
  8. Islamic Writers Alliance (IWA)
  9. Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
  10. Muslim Advocates
  11. Muslim Sexual Ethics: The Islam section of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project
  12. National Association of Muslim Lawyers (NAML)
  13. Peaceful Families Project (PFP)
  14. Pluralism Project at Harvard University
  16. South Asian Women’s Network (SAWNET)
  17. Sufi Women Organization (SWO)
  18. Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
  19. Women for Afghan Women
  20. Women Living Under Muslim Laws
  21. Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE)

Media Resources

  1. Blogs & Commentary
    2. Altmuslimah
    4. Muslimah Media Watch
    5. On Faith
  2. Magazines & Ezines
    1. Azizah Magazine
    2. Divanee
    3. EMEL Magazine
    4. Illume Magazine
    5. Islamic Horizons Magazine
    6. Mizna
    7. Q-News Magazine
  3. Television & Film
    1. Breakthrough TV
    2. Bridges TV
    3. Link TV
    4. SHaKTI Productions, LLC

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