You believe you are trapped in a religious cult / situation. Maybe you would like to leave that situation. What can you do? The following list are resources that can offer experience in helping people with this sort of challenge. I hope you get all the help you need. Keep your hope alive, nothing is impossible.


Social Media Groups

Consider joining Internet or Facebook Groups. Search for eg Ex Jehovah’s Witnesses Support or Ex… whatever group you were in.

(temporarily down) This is a resource available to assist leavers of the Exclusive Brethren. They can help find assistance in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, United States, Wales.

The site also includes a library with lots of up to date information,  historical articles and testimonies of people who have left.



Address: BCM CULTS, London, WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: 0845 4500 868

CIC is a charity providing advice and information for victims of cults, their families and friends, researchers and the media. CIC was founded in 1987 and became a registered charity (No. 1012914) in 1992. It was the first charitable organisation, established in the United Kingdom, focusing critical concern on the harmful methods of the cults.

CICs Concerns

CIC is concerned about the use of deceptive and manipulative methods used by cults to recruit and indoctrinate unsuspecting members of society.
CIC believes that these cult methods present a threat to the well-being of the individual and the family.
Consequently CIC sees the need for gathering and disseminating accurate information


Families Against Cult Teachings

Families Against Cult Teachings and abuses, Inc. (F.A.C.T.) is a secular 501(c)(3) 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. We are also 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.


International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) provides information on cults, cultic groups, psychological manipulation, psychological abuse, spiritual abuse, brainwashing, mind control, thought reform, abusive churches, high-demand groups, new religious movements, exit counseling, and practical suggestions for those needing assistance.


Catalyst is a registered charity set up in 1995 to offer help, assistance and counselling to people who have been damaged by religious groups or abusive relationships. We also address other problems that are faith, philosophical or relationship based.

Such issues include:

  • Problems arising from an individual’s conversion to a faith different from other members of their family

  • Cultural problems where two people from different ethnic or religious backgrounds wish to marry

  • Clients who have issues with their religious upbringing.

  • Individuals who have had problems with abusive religious and therapeutic groups (i.e. *cults, new religious movements and sects) or abusive relationships.

Catalyst as an organisation has no religious beliefs or objectives and is willing to work with clients from any religious or ethnic backgrounds, firmly maintaining an individual’s right to believe in whatever they so wish.

However, it is clear that under the auspices of religion or therapy many groups can be abusive and damage people financially, medically, psychologically and socially. This often entails breaking up families and damaging individuals’ careers whilst costing them substantial amounts of money.


Cultwatch is a para-church organisation made up of people from different Christian denominations.

(Para-church means not founded, owned, or controlled by any one church group.)

Cultwatch’s two main aims are to help the people trapped in the cults and to warn people about the cult danger before they are ensnared. Cultwatch is a Christian based organisation dedicated to helping people from all walks of life.


Do you have a family member who is in a cult, such as Scientology? This is a personal story of how I got my sister out, and how you can attempt to do the same.

Glenn helped get his sister out of Scientology when they blocked communication with family in the early 1980s. This is his story.


Aiding Former Members and Survivors
Worldwide Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God & Offshoots

Many have suffered emotionally, psychologically and spiritually as a result of involvement with a deceptive, authoritarian group that focuses on end-time apocalyptic events and claims to be “God’s one true Church” with “God’s truth.”

If you are seeking to understand what happened, need recovery info, or if you have a loved one inside, then we trust that you will find these pages helpful in unraveling the lies and propaganda, while furnishing validation, encouragement, and hope for recovery.


Cult Experts
How To Select A Cult Expert

Leaving a cult

Countless people are – or have been – caught up in manipulative cultsabusive churches, or destructive relationships (‘one-on-one cults’).

Many make it out by themselves, or with the help of friends and family.1

Others need intervention and/or follow-up counselling — from cult experts, for instance.


The Cult Education Institute

The Cult Education Institute (CEI), which was formerly known as the Rick A. Ross Institute of New Jersey, is an Internet archive of information about cults, destructive cults, controversial groups and movements. CEI is an educational nonprofit tax-exempted charity and an institutional member of both the New Jersey Library Association and the American Library Association. The CEI online library, which was first launched in 1996, is constantly under construction and expanding to include new research and information. The archives contain thousands of individual documents. Within the CEI files you will find news reports, research papers, court documents, book excerpts and personal testimonies, all carefully organized within hundreds of specifically titled subsections. There are also links to additional relevant research resources.


Encourage Survivors of Cults and Abuse

EnCourage was set up in order to offer support to those who have left a cult, abusive group, one on one cult or been spiritually abused (called former members). This includes first generation (joined or recruited) and second/third generation (born and or raised).

Whilst Encourage has a wide range of aims (set out on this page) we are only able to offer one service at this time (when funds allow) which is to subsidise counselling for those who cannot afford to pay. Counselling can be subsidised if the former member is seeing an already approved Service Provider (ASP). This ASP will have been approved by EnCourage and thoroughly checked (counselling accreditation a requirement).


Freedom of Mind Resource Center

Since 1976, Steve has helped people with destructive cults, mind control, brainwashing, parental alienation, estrangement, unethical hypnosis, abusive relationshipshuman trafficking, multi-level marketing, violent extremism & other forms of undue influence.

  • ex-member support & recovery

  • coaching and consultations on how to help someone who may be in danger

  • non-coercive interventions using the Strategic Interactive Approach

  • individual recovery sessions

week-long intensive healing sessions, locally in Boston or on-location as requested.


How to Leave a Cult

It’s not always obvious when a group is a cult, and by the time you realize you’re involved with one, getting away can be difficult. While no group or organization admits to being a cult, you’re probably dealing with one if you are not allowed to ask questions, make your own decisions, or disagree with the leader.[1] Anyone can get pulled into a cult, but not everyone has the courage to leave and rejoin mainstream society. You can escape a cult by planning your getaway carefully and finding ways to recover from spiritual and emotional abuse.

Can you help please? What do you think would help the most amount of trapped people most effectively? If you have any thoughts feel free to email me and maybe we could work together.

This will be including an international list of resources of help for people trapped under religious control.

If you know any such resources which could benefit, please email them to

Many thanks.

Thank you.


Cult Escape, is not responsible for any of the sites linked in to this website, nor for their opinions or any result or outcome of having looked at or contacted those sites.