5 Ways to Support Someone Experiencing Domestic Violence

5 Ways to Support Someone Experiencing Domestic Violence

When you’re preoccupied with thoughts such as “Why doesn’t she just leave?”, “Why isn’t she thinking about her kids?” or “She must have done something for him to react that way”, then you don’t have the time or capacity to support her. Remember that the survivor is not responsible. Domestic violence is not a matter of anger or a disagreement between partners; domestic violence is a pattern of continuous coercive and controlling behaviours used by one person over another to gain power and control.

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Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Upon his release and deportation to Norway, he told Faiza that he never wanted to see her or their daughter again, otherwise he would kill them. Faiza’s fear laid in the realization that he had no emotional connection to her or her daughter but he loved their sons. Faiza and her daughter had been physically and emotionally abused for years but he never laid a hand on his sons. 

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Refuge. Restart. Resettle.

Refuge. Restart. Resettle.

Her children, Muhammad and Mariam, were afraid of what was to come during their time at Nisa Homes. At past shelters and homes, they had faced abuse, both physical and verbal, not only from fellow residents but also from staff members. Mahnoor recalls arriving at one particular shelter where they refused to let Muhammad use the washroom due to it being “after hours”. He was forced to urinate outside of the building that night. 

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