Abuse - Information & Help

Abuse can take several forms: physical, mental, emotional, religious, sexual, verbal and/or spiritual.

Abuse is rampant in our time. Every day there are stories of teachers, priests, and ministers who have abused someone. The Christian home is not even free from abuse. The abuser is often addicted to their behavior, and they find it very difficult to stop without help. Verbal abuse includes withholding, bullying, defaming, defining, trivializing, harassing, interrogating, accusing, blaming, blocking, countering, diverting, lying, berating, taunting, putting down, edifying, discounting, threatening, name-calling, yelling and raging.

Many are the victims of sexual abuse. You may have been sexually abused, or you have a friend or relative who is being abused. Saying or doing nothing will not stop the abuse. The abuser needs help desperately whether they admit it or not.

We strongly suggest you contact the organizations and learn about the resources listed at the end of this page. More information on sexual abuse is also at the end of this page.

It is important for the abused person to seek help to overcome the emotional trauma that abuse causes. Counselors can be an invaluable help.

Many are afraid to see a counselor for fear of being thought of as weak. Finding help is a sign of strength and an express desire to find healing and wholeness. Counselors cannot solve your problems, nor can they give you all the answers. Good counselors are good listeners and help you to find the answers for yourself. Christian counselors help you find additional answers that include God. Many counselors are not Christian and leave out important spiritual discussions that need to take place. We suggest you find a Christian counselor. Your pastor can recommend one. Also see the listings below.

God can and will help you overcome your situation.

Where to Start Recovery

Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

More Help and Information on Sexual Abuse

You can find helpful resources here: RecoveryBooks.com
Look under: "Abuse" and "Codependency"

If you are in an emergency situation consider calling a Hotline

Resources for Guidance

To find help and meetings locally:
International Directory of Christian Recovery Ministries, Groups & Organizations

Software for Recovery

Read everything you can get your hands on regarding
recovery. Use RecoveryBooks.com for added recommendations.

Sources of Referrals to Christian Counselors and Therapists

These organizations specialize in Abuse Recovery:

    National Sexual Abuse Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
    phone them if you or someone you know is being abused

    Christians United Against Sexual Abuse
    Oak Brook Christian Center
    3100 Midwest Center
    Oak Brook, IL 60521
    (708) 257-8755

    Free to Care Ministries (Sexual Abuse)
    P.O. Box 1491
    Placentia, CA 92670
    (714) 528-5413

    Theis Enterprises (Sexual Abuse)
    P.O. Box 5093
    Woodbridge, IL 60517
    (708) 515-0696

    Victim to Victor Ministries, Inc.
    Post Office Box 82936
    Fairbanks, Alaska 99708-2936
    907 479-4004
    vvm@polarnet.com
    Christian agency that provides resources and reconciliation for all types of victims and their families using Biblical principles, ministry, prayer and support. Specialize in trauma and sexual abuse recovery but work with a wide variety of issues providing counseling, support groups, advocacy, and support group leadership training.

    Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
    P.O. Box 462
    Fond du Lac, WI 54935
    (414-921-6991)

    Adult Children of Sexual Dysfunction
    P.O. Box 8084 Lake Street Station
    Minneapolis MN 55408

    Batterers Anonymous
    8485 Tamarind Ave., Suite D
    Fontana, CA 92335
    (909-355-1100)

    CoDA Co-Dependents Anonymous, Inc.
    P.O. Box 33577,
    Phoenix, Arizona 85067-3577
    (602) 277 7991

    COSA-(Co-Dependants of Sex Addicts)
    P.O. Box 14537
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    (612-537-6904)

    Incest Survivors Anonymous
    P.O. Box 5613
    Long Beach, CA 90805
    (310-422-1632)

    This is not an endorsement or recommendation of any organization or group. Listings are provided as a courtesy, not as an obligation. It is up to the reader to determine whether these organizations suits his or her purposes, interests and beliefs.

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