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Domestic Violence Against Muslim Women Surged After 9/11

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    9/11 S HIDDEN TOLL Muslim-American women are quietly coping with a tragic side effect of the attacks--a surge in domestic violence Sarah Childress, Newsweek,
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      9/11'S HIDDEN TOLL
      Muslim-American women are quietly coping with a tragic side effect of
      the attacks--a surge in domestic violence
      Sarah Childress, Newsweek, 8/4/03
      http://www.msnbc.com/news/944564.asp

      His temper flared even before the wedding. But Lila's husband was
      usually sweet and attentive, a devout African-American Muslim who
      even traveled to her native country in the Middle East to meet--and
      charm--her family. To make up for his rare outbursts, he brought home
      roses and kissed her feet. But after 9/11, his temper turned violent.
      Neighbors worried when they heard him screaming at her for leaving
      laundry in the washing machine. "It changed him from an angel to a
      monster," says Lila, who spoke to NEWSWEEK on the condition that her
      real name not be used. Suddenly, when she tried to comfort him, he
      would kick her to the floor. Once, she says, he threatened to hit her
      so hard that she "would not land until next Sunday."

      Sadly, Lila is not alone. Since 9/11, domestic violence has been on
      the rise in the American Muslim community, according to social-
      service agencies nationwide. The weak economy, an insulated culture
      and intense scrutiny from law enforcement and locals alike have
      created a powder keg that's all the more frightening because there
      are so few resources to deal with the problem; only three shelters in
      the United States cater specifically to Muslim culture. And, with the
      authorities threatening arrest and deportation for suspicious foreign
      nationals, Muslim women are even more hesitant to report abuse than
      usual, according to Nora Alarifi Pharaon, a psychologist at the
      Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Arab-American Family Support Center...





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