Spiritual abuse happens when someone uses spiritual or religious beliefs to hurt, scare or control you. It can involve someone forcing you or your children to participate in spiritual or religious practices when you don't want to. It can also involve someone refusing to allow you to participate in spiritual or religious practices that are important to you.
There may be a pattern to the behaviour that happens again and again. Sometimes other types of abuse are going on at the same time. If this kind of abuse is being used to scare and control you it may be domestic or family violence.Spiritual abuse might include:
Spiritual abuse can be a form of domestic and family violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing spiritual abuse it is OK to ask for help.
Spiritual abuse can happen in an institutional environment, such as a religious, learning or care environment. It can also happen in any relationship, including with:
None of these people has the right to stop you from following your religious or spiritual beliefs, or force you to follow theirs.