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Our History

Founded in 2004 to address domestic violence issues in the Muslim community, Wafa House has evolved from crisis referral and intervention to now providing a wide array of holistic recovery services for survivors in need. 

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Mrs. Dorria Fahmy, the agency’s Founder, was a volunteer for the Passaic County Women’s Center in Paterson and a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) member for her local police precinct. While working full time at a local hospital, Sr. Fahmy realized that victims of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent felt reluctant to leave their abusers in fear of being re-victimized by going to a place where they would not be able to acclimate. Language barriers and cultural insensitivity were the most challenging obstacles for victims. Most were not able to express themselves in English. They wanted to continue practicing their daily religious routines, such as praying five times a day and adhering to dietary needs. Shelters are not sensitive or conducive to Islamic religious and cultural needs. Despite the options Sr. Fahmy offered victims, the majority would end up dropping the charges against their abusers due to lack of support. 

Sr. Fahmy recruited her dear friend Sr. Nawal Kahf (Co-founder and current President of Wafa House), a domestic violence counselor, and began to lobby and advocate for the needs of abused women in the Muslim community. Thus, the unique idea of creating a program that caters to the needs of Middle Eastern and South Asian victims was born.

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Today

Since its inception, Wafa House has assisted more than 3,500 families. Currently, Wafa House is proud to serve an average of 1,000 individuals and their families every year.

Our service offerings have grown rapidly over the last several years, and our relationships with community partners have allowed us to serve families in need on an even greater level. We are a registered agency with the National Diaper Bank (NDBN) which allows us to provide families with diapers at no cost to them. Our counseling services and active parenting workshops provide parents the necessary tools to unite their families. 

We continue to strengthen our community network by bringing in leaders in faith, law enforcement, policy-making, education, and healthcare with the goal to create a stronger, more comprehensive community understanding of and response to domestic violence.

The Wafa House Team
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Dorria Fahmy, Founder
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Nawal Kahf, Co-Founder

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Wijdan Abdallah

President

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Hala Amer

Treasurer

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Doa’a Yassin-Holloway

Co-Secretary

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Nawal Kahf

Co-Founder

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Aymen Aboushi

Vice President

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Abeer Jaber

C0-Secretary

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Dorria Fahmy

Founder

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Muhammad Fahmy

Board Member

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ADVISORS

Sheikh Mohammad Qatanani, PhD

Religious/Spiritual Advisor

Sheikh Mohamed Moussa, PhD

Religious/Spiritual Advisor

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