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OUR HISTORY

MCC for Human Services was founded in

1995 by a group of concerned citizens in an effort to provide health and social ser-

vices to indigent communities. MCC has

been providing outpatient counseling to victims of domestic violence for many years. In 2006, MCC hired a full-time so- cial worker and launched a training pro- gram for volunteers to provide the needed services.

OUR SERVICES

24 Hour Confidential Helpline: 817-589-9165

Culturally-sensitive peer counseling and support

Referrals for professional counseling and other victim services

Referrals for legal services

Translation

Crime Victims Compensation application

Dr. Basheer Ahmed, Project Director for the

Family Violence and Marital Harmony Program, is the founder and chairman of Muslim Community Center for Hu- man Services, a medical and social service organization that helps indigent Muslims residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth.

Born in Hyderabad (DN), India, Dr. Ahmed obtained his

medical degree from Dow Medical College,

completed his postgraduate studies at Glasgow University, Scotland. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a Distin- guished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has held faculty positions at Albert Einstein College of

Medicine, NY, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, and

Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX.

Ahmed is

the past president of the Islamic Medical Association, North America, and past president of the Islamic Associa- tion of Tarrant County.

Karachi, and

Dr.

Dr. Ahmed, who published and presents on "Domestic Violence: Islamic Perspective," can be reached at mbah- med@hotmail.com

Ms. Talaun S. Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator for the Family Violence and Marital Harmony Program, has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Soci- ology and a Masters degree in Social Work from the Uni- versity of Texas at Arlington. She has worked as a medi-

cal social worker and as a abuse counselor.

mental health and substance

Ms. Thompson received the Ghana, West Africa Fellow- ship and engaged in quanitative independent research. Her master’s thesis was titled “Couple Conflict Leading to Marital Instability.”

Ms. Thompson is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Sociological Association and Na- tional Association of Social Workers.

Ms. Thompson can be reached at talaunt@yahoo.com

CONTACT

INFORMATION

MCC for Human Services

Glenview Drive

N. Richland Hills, TX

76180

24 Hour Helpline

817-589-9165

N. Richland Hills, TX 76180 24 Hour Helpline 817-589-9165 This project was supported by Grant No.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2005-VF-GX-K032 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Pro- grams, U.S. Department of Justice (Grant). Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily repre- sent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In the name of Allah, The Beneficial and Merciful

MCC for Human Services

of Allah, The Beneficial and Merciful MCC for Human Services Marital harmony and Family violence program

Marital harmony and Family violence program

Human Services Marital harmony and Family violence program “No matter what I do, it’s never right”

“No matter what I do, it’s never right”

If something about your relationship with

Your spouse scares you, and you need to talk, call us.

We’re here for you 24 hours a day

It’s time for women of faith to take a stand against

Domestic Violence

Empowering families through compassion,

support, and education

Domestic Violence

The media reports frequently about the high incidents of domestic violence in our society, and Congress renewed the Act on Violence Against Women in Oc- tober 2002. Many people think that it only occurs in the U.S. and Western cul- tures, but family violence also exists in Muslim families. In fact, it may exist more frequently in Muslim countries.

Abusive behavior can include::

Psychological Abuse - threats of bod- ily harm, taking away children, killing

spouse or self, control of

food or medication, and restriction of socialization, even with family members

Emotional Abuse - cursing, screaming, and degradation by constantly criticiz- ing spouse’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions

Physical Abuse - hitting, kicking, punching, choking, burning, or causing lacerations or fracture

Sexual Abuse - forcing unwanted sex- ual activity

finances,

According to Muslim women activists in the United States, over 10% of Muslim women are abused emotionally and physically by their husbands. The number of incidents are much higher than are reported.

Islamic Perspective

Under no circumstances is violence against women encouraged or allowed in Islam. The relationship between the husband and the wife should be one of mutual love, respect, and kindness.

Quran says, “O believers! Treat women with kindness, even if you dislike them; it is quite possible that you dislike some- thing which Allah might yet make a source of abundant good.” (4:19)

Quran also says, “When you divorce women, and they have reached the end of their waiting period, (iddat) either al- low them to stay with honor or let them go with kindness. You should not retain them or harm or take undue advan- tage.”

Domestic violence is a crime. It is not a private family matter. Unless we make concerted efforts to educate about do- mestic violence, its serious conse- quences, its effect on the children and the Islamic perspective, very few people will seek help. In order to stop domestic violence in our community, our leaders, including imams and scholars, have to become aware and involved.

COMMON ANGER VS. POWER, CONTROL, AND ABUSE

Disagreements occur at some point in all marriages. Domestic violence is different from routine arguments and expressions of anger. Similarly, in certain cultures, women are encouraged to stay home an are not allowed to drive. While these are examples of inequality and oppression, they should not be confused or equated with domestic violence.

In domestic violence, abusers show a complex pattern of behavior that may be verbally or physically aggressive in an ef- fort to control the victim. To further con- fuse the matter, the abuser often main- tains a positive public appearance.

Take a stand against domestic violence!

Do not accept or excuse violent behavior

Help and support victims of violence

Disseminate information about domestic

violence

Your silence is regarded as acceptance of domestic violence

OUR VOLUNTEERS

regarded as acceptance of domestic violence OUR VOLUNTEERS Many of our services are provided by volunteers

Many of our services are provided by

volunteers who speak English as well as Arabic, Urdu, and other languages.

MCC volunteers receive training and

supervision with a psychiatrist and so-

cial worker in:

Confidentiality

Communication Skills

Dynamics of Family Violence

Public resources for crime victims

Other volunteer opportunities include:

Publicity

Newsletter

Outreach/ Seminars

Sustainability Planning

General Tasks

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Dr. Basheer Ahmed or Talaun Thompson: 817-589-9165

mcchs2005@hotmail.com

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE