If You Need Immediate Counseling and Help
Because of the harsh treatment many Jehovah’s Witnesses receive and have gone through, you may find that you need immediate counseling and help. Don’t wait to reach out for that help, but get the assistance you need through any of the resources below.
If you need immediate assistance, dial 911 or the emergency number for your area, or visit the nearest hospital emergency room or urgent care facility.
Note that I am not affiliated with any of these organizations and this information is provided for reference only. See the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
If you notice any broken links or other errors, please note this in the comments section below. If you can share further information about crisis centers or hotlines in your area, especially those outside the U.S., please do so in the comments section as well.
UK: 08457 90 90 90
France: 01 45 39 40 00
Australia: 1300 13 11 14
New Zealand: (9) 5222-999 within Auckland, 0800 111-777 outside Auckland
Germany: 0800 – 111 0 111
Netherlands: 0900-1450 (workdays, 0900-1800 local (CET))
Belgium: 02 649 95 55 (24/7)
Help for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse:
USA: 1-800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline Resources page here for state-by-state resources, resources that are teen-specific, and resources for those in the LGBT community.
Help for Rape Victims:
USA: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
For Men Who Have Been Sexually Abused:
1in6 is an organization for “helping men to heal from unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.” Also useful for friends and family of those who have been abused.
MaleSurvivor “provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of Hope, Healing, & Support.”
The Men’s Resource Center of Manitoba is a male-focused resource center for men who have been the victims of sexual violence.
If You’re a Runaway or Have Been Told to Leave the Home:
USA: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
For more information and resources, visit the National Runaway Safeline at this page.
To find a safe place state-by-state, visit National Safe Place at this page. Note their drop-down menu in the upper right.
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
GLBT Youth Hotline: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
The Trevor Project Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
For more resources, visit:
GLBT National Help Center website at this page.
The Trevor Project, at this page.
Treatment Facilities for Cult Survivors:
Albany, Ohio, USA
The only licensed residential treatment facility in the US specializing in the rehabilitation of former cult members.
Web site: Wellspring Retreat.org
The Odenwald Residence
A temporary home for people who have been affected in some way, as a result of belonging to a cult or controlling group.
Web site: Odenwald Residence
University of Manitoba
Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (STAT) Program
Providing a “day hospital and outpatient programs for patients requiring acute psychiatric intervention in the context of a focal crisis or destabilization, or who would otherwise benefit from short-term, intensive interventions.”
Counseling Services for Cult Survivors:
Terry Kurtz, MA
A licensed counselor that specializes in cult recovery
John Hochman, MD
Psychiatrist: since 1980, short term consultation to former members, families and attorneys
Phone: (310) 277-4199
Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP
38 Miller Avenue, #139, Mill Valley, CA 94941
General Psychotherapy, Specializing in Cult Recovery and Education and facilitating Group for Former Cult or High-Demand Group Members.
Phone: (415) 847-4103
Web site: www.ColleenRussellmft.com
Marlene Winell, Ph.D.
Specializes in recovery from authoritarian religious organizations.
Phone: (510) 292-0509
Cathleen A. Mann, PhD, LPC
1880 South Pierce Street, Unit 6, Lakewood, CO 80232
Counseling for children, families and adults affected by cults and also attorney-requested evaluations.
Phone: (303) 934-2828
Web site: http://psyris.com/cultspecialist
Erika Van Meir, LMFT
Specializes in treating people that have been in questionable groups
Phone: (770) 660-0229
Bill Goldberg, MSW, BCD, LCSW
Lorna Goldberg, LCSW, BCD
Specializing since 1976 in working with people involved in cults and destructive groups
Web site: Bill and Lorna Goldberg
New York Cult Clinic
Mental health professionals providing services to former cult members and families
Web site: Cult Hotline and Clinic
Daniel Shaw, CSW
Mental health professional that treats cult abuse victims.
Web site: Daniel Shaw, CSW
Colleen Russell, LMFT, CGP
70 SW Century Drive, Suite 100-363 Bend, Oregon 97702
General Psychotherapy, Specializing in Cult Recovery and Education
Phone: (541) 306-6081
Web site: www.ColleenRussellmft.com/
Steven Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP
Specializes in harm done by exploitive, coercive and/or destructive movements and groups.
Web site: Dr. Steve
Doug Duncan, MS, LPC and Wendy J. Duncan, MA, LBSW
Specializing in cult recovery counseling with support group for former cult members.
Phone: (214) 607-1065
Web site: www.dallascult.com
John D. Goldhammer, Ph.D.
Recovery from destructive groups and religious cults
Web site: www.goldhammer.com
Freedom of Mind
Headed by Steve Hassan, a national expert on cults and abusive religions
Cult Awareness and Information Library
Help for recovery from drug, alcohol, and other addictions, and for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and substance abuse.
Facebook Groups and Pages:
Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses Recovery Group 3
PAWS (People Against the Watchtower Society)