Muslim Doctors Association (MDA)

Wellbeing Wednesday March 2021: Healing after abuse

Last year we saw an estimated 2.4 million adults experience domestic abuse, with partner abuse making up the majority of cases. Although the prevalence of such cases have changed little over the years, we are seeing a slight improvement in trends in police recordings of abuse and people coming forward.

But what are we seeing in the Muslim communities? Have we as a collective been able to acknowledge and address these issues, or do we still make excuses for perpetrators? What are the challenges that male victims in particular are finding in our communities?

Following on from No More week, join us for another #WellbeingWednesday cafe with Khalida Haque from Nour, a domestic violence charity. We tackle these difficult questions and more, but most importantly hear stories of hope, healing and recovery.

Watch and find out:

  • What have been the unique challenges in trying to engage the Muslim community in this topic?
  • What could be some of the internal and external factors for some people not wanting to come forward?
  • What does male domestic violence and its challenges look like?
  • What can we do as family and friends to help a loved one going through this?
  • Listen to stories of hope

Our speakers this month:

Dr Fawziya Huq
MBBS, MRCPsych, PG Cert Medical education
Psychiatrist and Mental Health Lead at Muslim Doctors Association

Fawziya studied Medicine at Kings College London and is currently specialising as a Psychiatrist in East London, working in a variety of settings in the community and inpatient mental health units. She is particularly interested in the interface between the mind and body, and mental health issues in BAME communities. She has also completed basic training in the concepts of Islamic psychology and counselling. Fawziya has previously served as a medical advisor to a Muslim mental health charity and is currently working as a clinician for a charity conducting mental health assessments on detainees in immigration removal centres.

Khalida Haque
BSc (Hons), PG Dip, MBACP, Counsellor Therapist
Safeguarding lead and Counselling Consultant with Nour

Khalida is an experienced and fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist with many years of clinical and managerial experience. She holds a RSA Certificate in ‘Counselling Skills in the Development of Learning’ along with a Postgraduate Diploma in ‘Counselling and Psychotherapy’. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Alongside independent practice, she was one of the establishers of Nour’s counselling services since 2011, having recognised the scale of the problem of domestic violence in the Muslim community. She also holds senior managerial positions and works as a Clinical Services manager with MIND in City and Hackney and Waltham Forest as well as Counselling Services Manager across primary schools in Tower Hamlets
To get in touch with Nour please see their website for more information.