Lonodn, Ontario: The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) is helping to develop a Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence that was issued nationwide on November 15, 2011 and was a signatory to that important document. As part of their ongoing work and efforts to respond to that Call, we are launching the Family Honour Project.
In press release, the organization stated: “We are excited to partner with the CeaseFire Project of Chicago, Illinois, USA to develop this new initiative. CeaseFire is a unique, interdisciplinary, public health approach to violence prevention. This approach maintains that violence is a learned behavior that can be prevented. The model prevents violence using a three-prong approach: Identification and detection; Interruption, intervention and risk reduction; and, Changing behavior and norms.
This is a data-driven model that uses a combination of statistical information and knowledge of the community to determine where to concentrate efforts, focus resources, and intervene in violence. The MRCSSI will be working with Mr. Norman Kerr, an advisor for CeaseFire to create a parallel initiative in London. The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario, will be a research partner in this initiative.
This project will work towards increasing and enhancing safe space for engaging in a dialogue and will start with a focus on the Muslim Community in the London area. Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, Executive Director, adds, ” But we intend to share our experience with communities across the Province in the near future.”