The United Nations defines domestic abuse as “Any act of gender-based violence that results in physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts in public or private life.” According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, “females” had more than double the risk of males of becoming a victim. These numbers include Muslims amongst other varied economic, religious and cultural groups. Research shows that domestic abuse towards a mother leads to a high risk of violence against their children.
THE ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE
Every family member in the household has rights and should live with respect and dignity for all. A relationship between husband and wife, parent and children and even home owners and pets need to be dealt with respect and should never be talked down to or physically abused. Islam values the time youth spend with their elders and showing respect.