'Spiritual abuse' is sometimes defined as 'coercion and control of one individual by another in a spiritual context.' The target experiences spiritual abuse as a deeply emotional personal attack, and may include manipulation and exploitation, enforced accountability, censorship of decision making, requirements for secrecy and silence, pressure to conform, misuse of scripture or using the pulpit to control behaviour, requirement of obedience to the abuser, the suggestion that the abuser has a ‘divine’ position, isolation from others, especially those external to the abusive context.

This will be an interactive session with participants encouraged to bring their questions to aid and inform the discussion.

Speaker Lisa Oakley currently the Chair of the National Working Group for Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief. She also chairs the Church of England Task and Finish group for Spiritual Abuse.

'Everyone's Business'; Safeguarding Week. Spiritual Abuse