South Australia: Domestic Violence in Faith/Spiritual Multicultural Communities

The Centre for Islamic Thought & Education, University of South Australia invites you to the Domestic Violence in Faith/Spiritual Based Multicultural Communities Symposium 2017 on Monday, 23 October 2017.


This one-day domestic violence symposium explores an array of issues surrounding domestic violence in faith/spiritual based multicultural communities in the Australian context, and responses to address the needs of these communities. It provides a platform for discussion where domestic violence experts, practitioners, service providers, policy makers, faith/spiritual based leaders, community leaders and researchers can openly discuss how the needs of faith communities can be addressed and what role faith plays on domestic violence in these communities.

For many victims of domestic violence, the symbolic aspects of faith, spirituality, prayer, meditation, and scriptures provide consolation, purpose, and a sense of control in everyday life. However, faith can also be used or misused to justify abusive behaviours or uphold strong DV attitudes to induce shame, guilt and distress within victims.


There will be papers and posters from a wide range of multidisciplinary themes from experts, researchers, service providers, practitioners, faith/spiritual based leaders and community leaders in the following topic areas:

  • Faith/spiritual based perspectives on domestic violence
  • How does faith perpetuate or protect against Domestic Violence
  • Emerging research on domestic violence in the Australian faith/spiritual based communities
  • Myths surrounding domestic violence in faith/spiritual based communities
  • The role of faith/spiritual based communities in domestic violence responses
  • Current trends in responses to domestic violence for faith/spiritual based communities
  • Challenges faced by domestic violence service providers when responding to faith/spiritual based

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nada Ibrahim is a keynote speaker and the coordinator of this event. She is a Senior Research Fellow at CITE with expertise in Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) in the Australian Muslim community and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Her research interests include identifying risk-factors associated with DFV perpetration and victimisation. Muslim DFV victims’ experiences with the Australian criminal justice system, developing a gender relations framework based on the Qur’an, fostering healthy family relationships, community development, Islamic psychology, mental health, Islamic family law, disadvantaged Muslim women’s issues, and broader Islamic issues. She is currently in the process of establishing some strength-based community-related projects that address psychological/social/religious needs of victims, abusers, children, men and women to build healthy family relationships whilst empowering the Muslim community. Part of this process also involves equipping Imams/leaders, wider community, service providers, police and the justice system with culturally appropriate training that would better facilitate a community coordinated response to domestic and family violence.

Event Details

Date: Monday, 23 October 2017
Location: Bradley Forum, City West Campus, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Cpost: $150 (Students: $100). Fees include attendance at all sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. 20% discount applies to 2+ registrations from the one organisation in the one registration.
Registration: Please Register Here
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