One of the things that has happened in the wake of Josh Duggar’s sexual molestation coming to light has been that both NLQ Founder Vyckie Garrison and myself have started to discuss what is the best response, in what way can NLQ help those that have suffered from similar things, to promote healing and wholeness. One thing we came up with was a list of different types of organizations and people who offer help or information. This is our list.
Recovery From Spiritual Abuse Links
Recovery From Religion – One of the original organizations helping people recover from abusive religions. They have a vast network of resources to help you on your healing journey.
Recovery From Religion Hotline – A crisis hotline providing peer support for those needing to talk to another person that understands their struggle to recover.
Pure Provender – An exhaustive collection of Spiritual Abuse links and resources. This will keep you busy for quite a while, but it’s probably the best place to start on the Internet.
Spiritual Abuse Awareness – Official website of Spiritual Abuse Awareness (month and otherwise). Spread the word.
ICSA – International Cultic Studies Association. Exactly what it says on the tin.
Quivering Daughters – Hope and healing for women who grew up in the controlling doctrine of the “patriarchy” movement. Don’t miss Hillary McFarland’s beautiful and harrowing book of the same title. (There’s a chapter by Vyckie in there too.)
Under Much Grace – A wealth of authoritative information on abusive and cult-like practices within “biblical” Christianity.
Recovering Alumni – Documenting and exposing the many abuses of a large Evangelical Christian youth organization (Teen Mania / Honor Academy, op. cit.). Some things will curl your hair; other things will give you hope.
Gospel Masquerade – Abuses addressed from a Charismatic perspective by a former member of the IHOP cult.
Spiritual Abuse Recovery – Resources from Jeff VanVonderen, author of The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse.
Recovery From Abuse – “A practical introduction for pastors and other religious professionals.” Covers several other kinds of abuse as well; an excellent resource. (Start with this post if you’re in a hurry–Things a Church Can Do.)
How Cults Work – Informative overview of several common deceptive techniques that cults (religious and otherwise) use to manipulate people.
Recovering Grace – Analyzing, exposing, and finding healing from the pervasive teachings of Bill Gothard (Institute of Basic Life Principles).
Church Exiters – A good book and website on how to get out of an abusive church environment. (h/t Dr. Barb Orlowski.)
Battered Sheep Resources – A long list of books on spiritual abuse, conflict resolution, recovery, and related topics. I haven’t read all of them (so caveat lector), but it looks very helpful for the bookishly inclined. (h/t Jennifer.)
Joyfully Growing in Grace – Thoroughly explores, demystifies, and debunks the legalistic “Hebrew Roots Movement.”
We Are Spiritual Abuse Survivors – This powerful piece by indie screenwriter Andie Redwine explains firsthand the experience of recovering from spiritual abuse.
Spiritual Abuse – by Roger E. Olson. A respected theologian’s blog post, analyzing some right and wrong uses of the term. (h/t Jaymi.)
What Not to Say to Someone who has Suffered Spiritual Abuse – Elizabeth Esther lists ten clichés that sound pious but do more harm than good. (Also see the follow-up for some more helpful approaches.)
Spiritual Sounding Board – A popular blog offering help for those resonating with abusive conservative and reformed churches.
Wartburg Watch – A regularly updated site taking an unflinching look at “church conflict, spiritual abuse, and hyper-authoritarian polity.”
G.R.A.C.E. – “Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment.” Started by a grandson of Billy Graham, this phenomenal organization offers advocacy, investigation, and education about religiously-based child sexual abuse.
Rachel Held Evans – Author and blogger who examines the dangerous parts of theology.
Ms. Foundation for Women – A website asking TLC to cancel the Duggar’s television show to show support for the female victims of sexual abuse.
No Longer Quivering – Information, survivor stories and news on the evangelical fundamentalist Quiverfull movement.
The Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network – A project of No Longer Quivering that tells the stories of those who survived spiritual abuse at the hands of their churches and others.Journey Free – Dr. Marlene Winell – Resources for recovery from harmful religion.
Valerie Talrico – Psychologist and author who examines what has gone wrong in Evangelical Christianity.
Elizabeth Esther – Speaker and author on the subject of spiritual abuse, surviving fundamentalism and homeschooling.
Kathryn Joyce – Author of books on Quiverfull, Evangelical adoptions and many other subjects on fundamentalist Christianity.
Spousal Abuse Help
The National Domestic Violence Hotline – 24 hour hotline and help for domestic violence victims.
Women’s Law – Provides help finding shelter, a domestic violence lawyer, your local courthouse and many other valuable links to find help for your situation.
Help Guide – Helping you find mental health professionals and other treatment after domestic violence.
Women Helping Women – Help for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
Information for victims of sexual or physical abuse
Victim’s Bill of Rights (US Government site)
Office of Justice Programs (US Government site)
Resource Library for Victims of Crime (US Government supported Faith based)
Office for Victims of Crime (free online training)
Child Sexual Abuse Resources
RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – providing the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Information, help and links to what you need to know to help your child.
American Humane Society – The first organization in America to tackle the abuse of children. Many resources, information and help for those who have suffered from sexual abuse as a child.
National Center For Missing & Exploited Children – 24 hour tipline for child abuse. They also have a cyber tipline at the site along with information and help links.
National Child Sexual Abuse Hotline – Darkness to Light – Darkness to Light provides a toll-free number for individuals living in the United States who need local information and resources about sexual abuse. Any individual, child or adult who needs resources about sexual abuse can call the Helpline.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline – Manned 24 hours a day with trained professional crisis staff to help you
Resources for Homeschooled Children
HARO – Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out – Former homeschool alumni dedicated to keeping homeschooling safe for all children.
Homeschoolers Anonymous – A great resource site for people interested in helping assure homeschooled children are protected from harm.
Resources for recovery from other religions
Footsteps – Recovery from Orthodox Judaism
This isn’t a complete list. If you have a link you think we should add please list it in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!