Best LDS Resources to Help with Abuse
Abuse is the neglect or mistreatment of others (such as a child or spouse, the elderly, the disabled, or anyone else) in such a way that causes physical, emotional, or sexual harm. It goes against the teachings of the Savior. The Lord condemns abusive behavior in any form.
“The Church’s position is that abuse cannot be tolerated in any form” (Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops , 17.3.2). Abuse violates the laws of God and may also be a violation of the laws of society. The Lord expects us to do all we can to prevent abuse and to protect and help those who have been victims of abuse. No one is expected to endure abusive behavior.
Pages on LDS.org about Abuse
Learn about Church teachings and find practical help in a gospel context.
Articles on LDS365.com about Abuse
The Church video "Living With the Pain of Childhood Abuse" is about a woman who experienced the traumatic pain of childhood abuse. The childhood trauma Erin experienced contributed to depression and feelings of hopelessness. God’s grace gave her courage to find the...read more
The Ensign article "Protecting Children" teaches what can we do to better protect and empower the children in our lives. This article will appear in the April 2019 issue of the Ensign, but is already available online and will soon appear in the Gospel Library...read more
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has published a new website to help people who have been victims of abuse and to help Church leaders minister to them and their families. This new resource is found at abuse.lds.org. The new website provides guidance and...read more
JTM (the LDS musician formerly known as James the Mormon) has released the music video "I Could Be Wrong" about being abused physically and emotionally almost daily. "The first 17 years of my life were Hell... The most scarring events were me as an 11 yr-old, being...read more