Helpline / Support Groups
As a newly established organisation, we are not currently able to provide a telephone helpline, but that is our long-term goal. In the meantime, if you need help and guidance, please contact us via email and we will try to help you as best we can, and wherever possible, we will direct you to qualified support individuals in our group.
There are currently two very good helplines for individuals in Holland and Switzerland.
If an individual lives in The Netherlands and suspects that either he or she, or a friend is being unduly influenced, they can call a hotline funded by the Dutch government. The call centre is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Find out more on their website.
In Switzerland, the government funds an educational group that responds to requests for information about cult-like groups. More on their website.
If you live in the United States and you or someone you know is affected by Undue Influence in the form of domestic violence, the US government maintains a domestic abuse hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or you can visit thehotline.org
If you are in the UK, the UK National Domestic Violence Helpline is: 0808 2000 247.
Any child in the UK who feels threatened or unsafe may contact support at: http://www.childline.org.uk/pages/home.aspx
AEquitas - violence against women
AEquitas offer a resource for prosecutors on violence against women. They seek to improve justice quality in cases of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and human trafficking. They also seek to refine prosecuting practices to increase victim safety and offender accountability. Their website includes a library of useful documents, as well as training resources to support legal professionals. www.aequitasresource.org
The Sowers Education Group has two key aims to prevent human trafficking and to help young people navigate safely through a media-driven society; their website offers a wide range of personal stories, resources and information on human trafficking. Sowerseducationgroup.com
The Polaris Project helps survivors of all sorts of trafficking, from prostitution to farm work to magazine crew sales. In the US, contact them at: National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline: 1 (888) 373-7888 or Text "befree" (233733). Internationally, contact them via their website: http://polarisproject.org
Sales Crew members of all kinds may visit the Traveling Sales Crew Info site here: http://travelingsalescrews.info , or call 1-800-786-2929
Anti-Slavery International was founded in 1839, making it the oldest international human rights organisation. They work to eliminate slavery around the world, and offer helpful facts and figures, information on what you can do to help, guidance on what to do if you believe you have identified a victim and much more. www.antislavery.org
Freedom of Mind is the brainchild of Open Minds Review Board Member Steven Hassan, offering resources, information and specialist support for those seeking to leave a cult or sect, or hoping to support someone else to escape. They offer a wide range of individual support options. Freedomofmind.com
The International Cultic Studies Association (ISCA) is a global network of individuals who are concerned about the psychological manipulation and abuse of individuals, who are involved in high-demand groups, cults, alternative movements and all similar environments. www.icsahome.com
Refocus is a not-for-profit, US organisation with an established support network and therapy referral system for victims of cults and other high-demand groups. There is also a membership offering, with donations being used to support ex-cult members who join. www.refocus.org
The Ex-Cult Resource Center offers a library of links and useful resources that victims and survivors, and their families, may find useful. www.ex-cult.org
In France, the National Union of Associations of Families of the defense and of the Individual victims of sects, (UNADFI) works to prevent the impact and actions of cults, sects and high-control groups, at the same time supporting victims and their families. The website gives an insight into the legislation which protects victims in France and information to support victims. www.unadfi.org
Sweden’s EXIT Fryshuset, http://exit.fryshuset.se/english/, is an organisation that helps people escape from violent extremist groups that unduly influence their members. They also coach relatives of active Neo-Nazis and educate professionals who come into contact with these individuals.
The Quilliam Foundation is a counter-extremism think tank, working to address the unique challenges of a globalising world. They seek to challenge what and how we think and to undermine the modern issues of extremism as a failing of society. They offer a large number of resources via the website and a regularly populated blog. www.quilliamfoundation.org
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has an extensive library that users can explore, looking through a database of common and known health scams and health fraud. They also post regular updates which you can subscribe to, giving insight into the latest scams as they are identified. www.fda.gov
The most valuable resource on the Crimes of Persuasion website is their extensive library of scams/fraud campaigns, which users can lookup and check. Everything from 'competitions' to magazine subscriptions to charities and donations, you can check for information about your suspicions at www.crimes-of-persuasion.com
The FBI handle a large number of scam and fraud cases, and have created an information page detailing the most common cases they handle, as well as tips and advice for avoiding them. www.fbi.gov
The saddest thing about any man, is that he be ignorant, and the most exciting thing is that he knows - King Alfred the Great
Phobia Induction, Desensitisation, and the Fear of Kittens
24 February 2017
Explaining Undue Influence
Cults / Sects
Without enough human hearts to gorge on, Huitzilipochtli would leave the sun standing still in the sky and bring down catastrophe upon the whole Aztec empire: the crops would wither and the children would die. Who would risk checking if this dire prediction were true, when priesthood were so very…
The Thieves Who Robbed Us
22 February 2017
Cults / Sects
I was raised in a Christian Fundamentalist cult called Jehovah’s Witnesses. For some, this organization may seem harmless and not like a cult at all: that is precisely the image they work so hard to create. That is what compelled me to write this, for my experience – and the…
There Are Heroes Among Us - and You're One!
17 February 2017
Advice & Guidance
Cults / Sects
To have already claimed the right to think for yourself, to question, to deviate, to refuse to be controlled, exploited or manipulated, to refuse to be subjected to any more abuse, to be willing to give up all you have known, to give up home (even family) and strike out…
Better Words: Guilt and Shame - Expanded Version
6 February 2017
Explaining Undue Influence
Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse Bullying
Many therapists make a useful distinction between guilt and shame. Guilt activates the healthy conscience, so the guilty person wants to make amends for any harm done. Healthy guilt is most often short-lived and positive. Shame, on the other hand, is a persistent state of mind. Unlike guilt, shame is…
What To Say When Someone You Love Is In a Coercive Situation
3 February 2017
Advice & Guidance
Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse
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Interview with Lady Cee - Spousal Abuse in a Cult
1 February 2017
Cults / Sects Domestic Violence Abuse / Child Abuse
It is well-established that the undue influence experienced within domestic abuse and high-control groups has much in common - one can easily term an abusive relationship as a two-person cult, and the leadership of a destructive group will act exactly like an abusive partner.