Iranians and Domestic Violence

Iranians and Domestic Violence

The Orange County Register ran a story recently about domestic violence in the Iranian community and a group of Iranian men who are speaking out against it and supporting its victims. The men’s group is called the Keyholders, and according to the man pictured above, Mohsen Alinaghian, it’s been difficult to get Iranians involved. This is a real shame, as efforts like this, which open dialog about domestic violence, are a powerful way both to hold its perpetrators accountable and to deflect some of the shame and loneliness felt by the victims. When we pretend domestic violence doesn’t exist among Iranians, we are doubly victimizing the women and children (and in some cases, men) who have nowhere to turn within our community.

I wish the Keyholders had a website of their own, but unfortunately I have not been able to find anything besides the link above. If anyone has more information, please leave a comment. And please pass along this story.

(Photo: Mindy Schauer, the OC Register)