POLICE are being advised to treat Muslim domestic violence cases differently out of respect for Islamic traditions and habits.
Officers are also being urged to work with Muslim leaders, who will try to keep the families together.
Womenâ€™s groups are concerned the politically correct policing could give comfort to wife bashers and keep their victims in a cycle of violence.
The instructions come in a religious diversity handbook given to Victorian police officers that also recommends special treatment for suspects of Aboriginal, Hindu and Buddhist background.
Some police officers have claimed the directives hinder enforcing the law equally.
Police are told: â€œIn incidents such as domestic violence, police need to have an understanding of the traditions, ways of life and habits of Muslims.â€
They are told it would be appreciated in cases of domestic violence if police consult the local Muslim religious leader who will work against â€œfragmenting the family unitâ€.