WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT THE WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY!
A Muslim mother in our community is experiencing physical, mental, and emotional violence by her husband and the father of her two children. She is in need of IMMEDIATE help to secure protection and safety for herself and her children.
The mother expressed to us that her husband has physically beaten her, forcefully kicked her out of their home, deprived her of food and other necessities, and has threatened to kill her if she files for divorce and attempts to escape with her children. No other words can describe how dangerous and life-threatening this situation is for the mother and her two children, who have witnessed this happen and are continuing to live in a very terrifying home environment.
How the Funds will be Used:
1. Legal Services and Fees
The mother is not able to afford the legal services needed for a divorce or custody claim, which can be super expensive. Therefore, funds will be needed to cover the costs for divorce proceedings and child custody to ensure that the mother is protected and not separated from her children and to ensure that the children do not remain with the abuser.
2. Basic Needs and Necessities
The mother and children need to safely leave the home of their abuser and transition to a safe location before the start of divorce proceedings. In order for this to happen, funds are needed for food, transportation costs, counseling support for her and her children, and daycare costs so that the mother can work and sustain herself financially.
A note about abuse from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Abuse is about power and control, so one of the most important ways you can help a person in an abusive relationship is to consider how you might empower them to make their own decisions. If you or a loved one are dealing with abuse or violence, Please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat online with the National DOmie and their advocates can connect you with resources for legal help. https://www.thehotline.org