Spiritual abuse (also known as religious abuse) occurs when someone uses your religious or spiritual beliefs to manipulate, dominate, or control you.
Spiritual abuse includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Tries to prevent/denies access to religious services, practices and leaders;
- Attacks and ridicules religious beliefs, traditions and values;
- Forcing a person to raise her/his children in another religion or spiritual choice; and
- Uses religious or spiritual beliefs to control, manipulate or exploit another person.