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All services provided by The Vashti Initiative are free of charge. However, in order to best serve survivors, we will often refer individuals to outside resources that may provide more support. Most of these resources will have fees attached, a few are free, and many accept insurance or have pro-rated plans for victims
Journey Free is dedicated to helping people transition out of harmful religions, recover from trauma, and rebuild their lives. The team, under the leadership of Marlene Winell Ph.D., has developed programs for both individuals and groups. Winell is the author of Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion. She has been working in religious recovery for over 30 years.
The primary focus of Recovering from Religion is to provide practical and personal support to individuals as they cope with changing beliefs.
Local support groups are offered and meet monthly all over the world. Each local meeting is free to attend. Some groups do accept free-will donations for their local needs, but no individual is never expected to pay and there is no obligation whatsoever to make a donation. Anyone exploring a life outside of religious belief is welcome.
S.A.R. is an online source of information, resources, and training around spiritual abuse. They serve as a cyber platform to direct victims to support and to alert survivors and allies of the latest news around spiritual and culitic abuse.
The largest, oldest and most active support group for women and men wounded by religious and institutional authorities (priests, ministers, bishops, deacons, nuns, coaches, teachers, and others). SNAP also provides a large list of support groups and resources for both survivors and advocates.
Cult 101 associates are consultants, psychotherapists, and counselors, many of whom themselves are former cultists or have been exposed to destructive cults or other coercive influence techniques.
They have specialized training and/or experience working with people who may have been harmed by individuals and groups.
Cult Recovery assists group members and their families make the sometimes difficult transition from coercion to renewed
A non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and educating about destructive high-control / high-demand groups, as well as providing victim support services in the United States and abroad. Currently, the only non-profit of our kind fighting to rescue victims from cults and working to hold these abusive groups accountable for their actions through law enforcement and legal action.
Freedom of Mind Resource Center, Inc. was founded by Steven Hassan, Ph.D. to help educate and rescue victims of undue influence and mind control, and to help them recover.
They seek to educate the public, mental health professionals, lawmakers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and community leaders about how to identify and fight undue influence. Undue influence is at the heart of not only destructive cults, but also controlling relationships, violent extremism, trafficking, and parental alienation.
Born Perfect was created with the singular focus of ending conversion therapy for LGBTQ+ individuals. They are a survivor driven agency and provide a network of support for other survivors of conversion therapy (sometimes called reparative therapy, sexual addiction, and other labels that all seek to rid LGBTQ+ people of their queer identity)
The Child-Friendly Faith Project envisions a world in which no child suffers abuse or neglect as a result of religious belief, doctrine, or practice, and creates a community dedicated to ending this abuse.
The #USAChildRightsAct and #Invisible campaigns are a social media movement demanding rights for children, especially in environments that allow for abuse through religious loopholes. Find out more about this movement and its founder, author and advocate Misty Griffin, by clicking the link below!
The Clergy Project centers on a private, safeguarded, and multifaceted Online Community of Forums. It is dedicated to providing a safe space to current and former religious professionals who no longer believe.
Holding Out HELP (HOH) is focused on providing full-service care to people from a polygamous background. The HOH team and trusted volunteers have worked diligently to understand the distinct needs of this population. HOH provides housing, food, clothing, counseling, education and other services aiding in each client’s transition to reach self-sufficiency
The attorneys at Herman Law have created a national database that pairs survivors with lawyers who deal specifically with clergy sexual abuse. You can visit their website today for a free consultation and more information around your options as a survivor.
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