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Prevention in Faith-Based Communities
Prevention Peer Network


Prevention in Faith-Based Communities

February 16, 2023

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Price: Free


Faith-based organizations are often overlooked when doing domestic violence prevention. Exclusion can perpetuate many myths and stereotypes about these groups, instead of appreciating them and approaching collaboration with a culturally-specific lens. Religion and culture are not monoliths, and we must take the time to understand what these populations and what they bring to the prevention table. Join us to hear from two preventionists that do great prevention work with their Muslim and Jewish communities.


  • Saara Ahmed (she/her), Partnership Board Member & Bay Area Representative

Saara believes in the power of shifting culture to eradicate inequality and violence.. She has advocated for survivors for over 10 years, including through community based approaches and prevention campaigns in the East African region, nationally in the U.S. and locally through her communities in Seattle and the Bay Area. Saara brings her previous experiences as an activist and organizer to her work in the domestic violence field by lifting up voices from the community. She has a strong interest in building intersectional approaches to meet the needs of those who are most vulnerable. She is also deeply invested in violence prevention efforts and focusing on community education and engagement on creating a more peaceful and equitable world.

  • Zephira Derblich-Milea (they/them), Senior Educator, Shalom Bayit

Zephira Derblich-Milea has worked as a violence prevention educator for over 19 years. In 2005 Zephira began managing Love Shouldn’t Hurt (LSH), Shalom Bayit’s outreach and prevention program for Jewish youth. This program has enabled them to connect their passion for preventing domestic violence with their love for the Jewish community. In 2012 Zephira was awarded the prestigious Helen Diller Award for Excellence in Informal Jewish Education and in 2021 was awarded the Ruby Award, Jewish LearningWork’s award for excellence in Jewish youth education and engagement.


Please contact Kimmie Remis (she/her),