Domestic violence (DV) exists across the globe affecting women from all walks of life (Ibrahim, 2020). Post domestic violence, a new challenge emerges about healing oneself from the DV experiences.

The Australian Muslim community is no exception on the issue of domestic violence

There exists a number of supports for Muslim women in the process of leaving abusive relationships.

Muslim women also need to be supported throughout their healing journey.

Women experience rapid and significant changes following the domestic violence (Anderson, Renner, & Danis, 2012).

Helping them in their healing process spiritually, mentally, and physically is key to them finding the clarity and capacity to reconnect with every aspect of their life.

Healing allows reconciliation of past experiences and bringing closure to those experiences (preliminary findings)

By shining the light on the darkness of trauma associated with domestic violence, one can grow and become better from something that was once a negative experience.

From an Islamic worldview, healing is associated with the spiritual dimensions of the human being (Rothman, 2018)).

The relationships between the four key human faculties the heart (qalb), spirit (ruh), soul (nafs) and intellect (aql), are key to the healing process as they all need to be working in harmony to return a person to their natural disposition (fitrah).

There is no single way, method, or technique that one is able to draw upon to heal from domestic violence.

Rather, preliminary research interviews indicate that healing constitutes several different methods, tools and Islamic practices that work collectively and in harmony.

Healing is about removing the bandages and exposing the wounds that have been covered up whilst directing towards strategies to heal the underlying wound so that an individual can eventually be mentally healthy and socially functioning at their optimum.

It is about identifying and fusing the different methods, tools and practices to help guide the individual healing journey.

What has preliminary findings found as some methods that have helped women with healing?

There is no single method of healing. However, a combination of factors can help facilitate this healing journey.

Other strategies: Self-care, writing in a journal, establishing good support networks, seeking help, establishing healthy boundaries, exercise and choosing the right food to nourish the body.

Islamic worldview strategies that some women have used: Dhikr (remembrance of Allah swt), reciting or listening to the Qu’ran, prayer, connecting to Allah (swt), listening to lectures, reading Islamic literature.

Acknowledging that one is not to blame for their DV experiences, and this was never their fault is a powerful tool in the healing journey.

The research into exploring “Islamic psychotherapy’s contribution to posttraumatic growth from domestic violence among Australian Muslim Women.” is still underway. This research is under the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation is being supervised by Assoc Prof Zuleyha Keskin, Dr Mahseed Ansari and Dr Nada Ibrahim.

If you would like to share your healing journey from DV please contact me (Carol Mroue) on [[email protected]].

Please note that the 1-1.5 hour interviews focus specifically on the process of healing from DV.