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Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation Fundraises for Culturally Sensitive Shelter During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Tabani Family Foundation To Match Dollar for Dollar Up to $20,000

DALLAS, October 1, 2013 – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation is conducting a campaign to bring awareness and funding to its Peaceful Oasis Shelter, the first and only shelter in North Texas to address the specific needs of Muslim women, whether they be immigrants or American born. The Tabani Family Foundation will match donations made to the nonprofit organization during the campaign, up to $20,000.

“All victims of domestic abuse face tremendous physical, emotional and economic barriers to getting help, but for Muslim and immigrant women, there are specialized cultural, religious, language and legal needs that mainstream shelters usually can’t address,” said Hind Jarrah, executive director of Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

There are more than 250,000 Muslims in North Texas, and domestic violence is an issue that extends beyond this community. It is estimated that at least one in four Muslim women (like all women) is a victim of domestic violence.

The Foundation opened the Peaceful Oasis shelter earlier this year, and as the word has spread about its culturally sensitive programs, demand for its services has grown. Referrals come primarily from North Texas social service and law enforcement agencies, but also from national and international agencies seeking culturally sensitive shelters for victims. With a diverse staff speaking more than 10 languages, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation reaches those who are often not able to secure services from mainstream providers because of barriers caused by language, faith, diet, social and legal limitations. The shelter also welcomes and regularly serves women of non-Muslim backgrounds.

Donations to the nonprofit organization’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign can be made at www.tmwf.org or by calling (469) 209-8737. The Tabani Family Foundation will match up every dollar donated up to $20,000. Contributions will support:

  • 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (972) 880-4192
  • Peaceful Oasis Shelter, which provides 24-hour emergency shelter for female victims and their children in a culturally sensitive setting
  • Legal counsel and representation in immigration and family law
  • Case management
  • Individual and group counseling

“As a family, we are very proud to support the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation. Their diversity is amazing and they have been able to help so many because they are not limited by the boundaries of faith, culture or language differences.  The services they provide are very much needed, and we are inspired by the dedication and vision of this wonderful community asset,” said Aliya Khatri of the Tabani Family Foundation.

Since 2011, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation has also provided training for Imams (Muslim religious leaders) on domestic violence, resulting in signed declarations against domestic violence. Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation has been recognized for its efforts to connect the Muslim and mainstream communities, earning the 2010 Peace Making Organization of the Year Award from the Dallas Peace Center and the 2012 Rebecca Egelston Caso Bridge Builder Award from the Collin County Council on Family Violence.

About the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded and run by Muslim women to empower, promote and support women and their families—a mission that ultimately creates stronger communities. Since 2005, the organization has been an ambassador from the peaceful, caring Muslim community, providing social and domestic violence services that foster peace and well-being in the home, mobilizing youth in service and leadership development, educating about topics essential to individual and community welfare and creating understanding through interfaith outreach. For information, visit www.tmwf.org.

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