“Men who go to Church don’t commit domestic violence!” A recent Christianity Magazine survey revealed over ½ respondents – mostly women & regular church goers - had suffered domestic abuse. Up to 10% evangelical Christians in UK experienced physical abuse in 2012. Read more
“It’s culture that causes Muslim men to abuse women!” Ideas of honour & shame are often used to justify violence, but so-called ‘honour’ does not cause or excuse domestic violence. There’s no honour in violence against women. Domestic violence is a choice made by the perpetrator alone. Read more
“Men suffer domestic violence the same as women!” A vast majority of perpetrators of violence are men & the nature of violence used by men is more severe than that used by women against men. Read more
“If men get involved in women’s campaigns, women’s voices will get pushed to the edges!” There are very few examples of this happening. A greater danger is a lack of men’s involvement in ending violence against women altogether. Read more
“Christian & Muslim men’s abuse of women is rooted in Christianity & Islam!” Religion & scripture have often been used to justify men’s power & control over women. But today more than ever Christian & Muslim men believe it’s our God-given mission – our dawah – to help end violence against wives, mums, daughters & sisters. Read more on Imams Against Domestic Abuse & Restored Alliance.
3 things every Christian & Muslim Man can Do:
Follow Dwell on Facebook & Twitter OR book a Dwell speaker for your faith group
Sign the White Ribbon or First Man Standing pledge
Set time aside to pray & assess your attitude towards women in your life
Reprinted with permission from http://dwelldomesticviolence.com/5-myths-about-christian-muslim-men/.