Rahmanara Chowdhury

Health and Wellbeing (2017 cohort)

I have just completed my MSc Psychology at Nottingham Trent University where my research project was a precursor to my PhD research. My previous experience includes counselling and project managing a collaborative domestic violence (DV) support programme nationally under the Amirah Foundation. I have developed various faith based DV training programmes including the first faith based recovery programme for Muslim victims of DV which is pending publication as a book. My first book ‘Qawwamoon: Protectors and Maintainers’ was released in September 2016 and aims to raise awareness of the subject within the Muslim community.

My research project has the following four main objectives:

1. To increase knowledge and understanding of community views of the nature, occurrence and health and wellbeing impacts of DV in the Muslim community, and the processes through which these views are formed
2. To increase knowledge and understanding of perpetrator views of the nature, occurrence and health and wellbeing impacts of DV in the Muslim community, and the processes through which these views are formed 
3. To understand the impact of current DV treatment programmes and potential contributors for reducing recidivism and encouraging desistance
4. To make recommendations for enhancing effectiveness of preventative intervention programmes for DV in the Muslim community.
The research is intended to have a mixed methods approach with both quantitative and qualitative studies within community settings, and qualitative studies with offenders currently incarcerated for DV related offences and undergoing treatment programmes.

List of site pages