What is Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is the act of violence or willful neglect within a family. It is the emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, or economic abuse that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the aforementioned types of abuse are primarily a learned behavior whose effects, without intervention, become more destructive over time. Domestic violence usually continues over a long period of time and gets more frequent and severe over time.
Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone. Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Unfortunately, this matter has become prevalent in the Middle Eastern / South Asian community. More often than not, victims in these communities have no where to turn due to language barriers and cultural restraints.
Wafa House is a Domestic Violence Agency, built within the Arab and Muslim communities throughout Northern New Jersey. We are committed to reducing abuse and increasing community awareness of domestic violence, as well as increasing cultural sensitivity to local law enforcement and other agencies. As bilingual and multicultural advocates, we are able to empower those in our community to come forward and deal with their issues in a safe and understanding environment.
We are dedicated to strengthening and preserving the family unit through intervention and education by providing a holistic range of services from mental health to legal services.