Below are some recommended resources that may help former members in their journey, or be of use to others who are interested.
These resources are intended to be a supplementary guide. We strongly encourage any leavers/survivors to also seek professional support. If you are facing a personal crisis or require emergency help, please contact emergency services, crisis helplines or your primary healthcare provider.
Our list below is intended to be brief. There are many additional resources. If you know of a relevant resource not included below, please notify us. We are glad to hear of other quality resources.
This clear and comprehensive guide was produced in 2021 by former members of the EB/PBCC to support those who are thinking of leaving. It is a valuable resource to share with those in the process of leaving or considering it.
You can download the booklet by clicking on the green button, or read it directly in your web browser using the embedded PDF reader on this page.
Click on the categories below to view the relevant resources.
Note: there are dozens of memoirs and biographies of former members of the PBCC. For a more extensive list, please contact us.
Cult Information and Family Support Australia – CIFS is an Australian support and information network, initially formed by parents and family members of loved ones caught up in abusive groups. The network has grown to include families, friends, former members and concerned individuals working together to provide support and develop awareness for those affected by high demand groups or cultic relationships.
Family Survival Trust – UK – The Family Survival Trust’s mission is to prevent, and to provide information on coercive control, cultic behaviour and psychological manipulation. We support those affected by groups that use these techniques. We educate regarding the risks these groups pose to individuals and society and seek appropriate controls on these groups’ activities. Their July 2022 Report on Coercive Control as practiced by groups is of interest to former members of high-demand religious sects.
Examining Shincheonji – this website hosts information about the controversial Shincheonji (SCJ) Church, which also is known as “The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony” or “New Heaven and New Earth”. SCJ uses aggressive recruiting tactics, such as personally messaging prospective recruits on social media, inviting people to Bible studies without disclosing their SCJ connections, and love-bombing. The website hosts discussion on doctrine, testimonials and further helpful resources.
We have a growing database of recommended mental health professionals from a range of countries who specialise in areas that can be experienced by former members of high-demand religious groups.
Examples of their areas of speciality are; grief and loss, trauma, faith crisis, life transitions, family/marriage/relationship difficulties, coercive control and abuse, including sexual, spiritual, physical and psychological abuse.
We encourage former members of high-demand religious groups to find a trusted therapist to support them in their journey of disaffiliation and of building a new support network. There are also volunteer-led support or therapy groups with various foci that leavers may find helpful.
Be cautious of any person or organisation, including registered health professionals, if you suspect that they are affiliated with or have a mutually beneficial relationship with your former high-demand religious group or any of the group’s leadership.
Our database is subject to change, so please contact us for our most recent version.
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