Introduction to survey

The Arbitration Act 2003 authorises religious tribunals in the UK to resolve certain civil disputes. Under the Act, Muslim Arbitration Tribunals and Islamic Sharia Councils are adjudicating on family disputes involving issues such as forced marriage, domestic violence, divorce, child residence and inheritance using Sharia Law.

This questionnaire has been put together by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation. It is for staff in organisations which have advised women who have used or considered using Muslim Arbitration Tribunals or Islamic Sharia Councils to resolve family disputes.

Through this questionnaire we want to:
o Understand the experiences of women using Muslim Arbitration Tribunals and Islamic Sharia Councils to resolve family disputes.
o Gage the level of experience and knowledge about Muslim Arbitration Tribunals and Islamic Sharia Councils among the women’s sector’s and understand the sector’s information needs.

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