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Faith Abuse

Faith Abuse Support

Faith abuse, which includes practices relating to a belief in spirit possession and witchcraft is often a hidden crime which is under-reported but can have significant impact on children. Child abuse linked to faith or belief is not confined to one faith, nationality or ethnic community.

Abuse can be separated into five different areas:


  • Abuse as a result of a child being accused of being a ‘witch’
  • Abuse as a result of a child being accused of being possessed by ‘evil spirits’
  • Ritualistic abuse which is prolonged sexual, physical and psychological abuse
  • Satanic abuse which is carried out in the name of ‘Satan’ and may have links to cults
  • Any other harmful practice linked to a belief or faith

Reporting to police


For more in depth information and how to spot the signs and symptoms of faith abuse then please follow this link: Report to Police

How to get support

If you are worried or have any concerns, please contact our Kiwi Safeguarding team using the numbers below or reach out to us using the contact us button. 


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Other Useful Resources


NSPCC helps children who’ve been abused protects children at risk and finds the best ways to prevent child abuse from ever happening.

If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact their helpline to speak to one of their trained counsellors.


Telephone: 0808 800 5000


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The Mix

A large resource for people under the age of 25, including everything from bereavement to exam stress, emotional abuse, mental health, and homelessness. It is a private service with a 24-hour hotline.


  • Telephone: 0808 808 4994
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