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The Role Of Domestic Violence In Terrorism
Nikita Malik, Contributor
Last year, I began to research terrorists with a background of domestic violence.
Sadly, violence is common in family court cases to do with children being made wards of court due to fear of radicalisation. Many fathers in these cases have been abusive, either to their wives or to their children.
That’s not to say that correlation goes hand in hand with causation. The majority of domestic abusers don’t go on to become terrorists, and many terrorists have no reported background of domestic violence.
However, there seem to be some patterns in common.
Take Rachid Redouane, one of the three terrorists behind the London Bridge attack last year, for example. Redouane married an Irish woman and moved to London with her in 2012. They had a daughter in 2015. At some point in their relationship, he became more religious, violent, and controlling. They broke up in 2017 because of his controlling behaviour: his wife reportedly hated him because he beat and humiliated her. When she refused to convert to Islam, she moved to a protective unit for victims of domestic violence.