Helpful websites about abuse within the church setting
Documented cases where churches handled abuse poorly
Heritage Bible Chapel Princeton, MA
Do I believe everything that I read on these sites?
I do not. I may not agree 100% with everything written on these sites but I believe them to be helpful overall. In the case of the stories of churches mishandling abuse, there are two sides to any issue, however, the victim’s story should be believed by default unless proven wrong.
Hotlines and Other Helpful Resources
Child Welfare Information Gateway. Definitions of Domestic Violence. (Aug. 2013) https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/defdomvio.pdf
Finding Resources in your area. http://www.thehotline.org/2012/07/finding-resources-in-your-area/
National Domestic Violence Hotline: http://www.thehotline.org/
The United States Department of Justice.(Oct. 6, 2015). Domestic Violence. https://www.justice.gov/ovw/domestic-violence
* Calls to these organizations can be made anonymously, keeping you safe from potential exposure. You are not required to press charges or make anything public.
*These are organizations are located in the U.S. but many other countries have their own organizations. I encourage you to find a safe way to look up this information in your own country.