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Domestic violence in Muslim Communities is a Mystery, or is it?

Three women were beheaded last week in the Alawdin area of Kabul, according to #KavianPress. The incident took place near the Taliban intelligence center. The families of the beheaded women have been threatened with death if they provide details to the media. Sadly,  all the so-called scholarly papers available conclude that violence against women in Muslim communities is no different than any other.   

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Most reports conclude that although completely accurate numbers are probably not available, researchers generally agree that among ethnic minority groups in the United States, Blacks are the most likely to experience domestic violence followed by Hispanics and then Whites.  In 1965 25% of African American children were raised fatherless.  Today is up to 75% and soon The African American nuclear family may join Sea Turtles on the most endangered species list

Not a trivial matter:  According to fathers.com – 71% of high school dropouts are fatherless; fatherless children have more trouble academically, scoring poorly on tests of reading, mathematics, and thinking skills; children from father-absent homes are more likely to be truant from school, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to leave school at age 16, and less likely to attain academic and professional qualifications in adulthood.

Researchers do not seem to be interested or may be are afraid to look into the questions of domestic violence in Muslim communities.  What is clear is that Muslim women by western standards are subject to abuse in very high numbers, but most of the victims may not see what they experience as criminal. They are more likely to see a slap in the face, verbal abuse, or deprivation of their physical freedom for misbehaving as enculturation.

Several honor killings have been documented in the United States in recent years. As of 2012, there is no central agency that collects data across all jurisdictions in regards to honor violence in the United States. There is reluctance among some organizations to label events as honor killings to avoid stigmatizing Muslim and Arab cultures. But apparently, they do not seem to mind stigmatizing African Americans or Hispanics.

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