Here we address the issue of Spiritual Abuse in churches and Christian organisations, looking at key issues such as what do we mean by spiritual abuse, what impact does it have, how can we respond well to those impacted, whilst exploring how we create healthy cultures
Dr Lisa Oakley is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chester, she is also chair of the National working group for child abuse linked to faith or belief. Lisa is a visiting fellow at Bournemouth university, a member of the NPCC child protection and abuse investigation national working group, a member of the National FGM centre advisory group and a research associate with CCPAS. Her research and publications are principally in the area of faith based abuse. Recent research includes work on 'safeguarding adults in the Christian faith context, Child abuse linked to faith and belief' and 'understanding spiritual abuse'. In 2013 Lisa co-authored a book entitled ‘Breaking the Silence on Spiritual Abuse’. She has spoken extensively at academic, Christian and practitioner conferences about faith based abuse. Lisa is currently chair of the Task and Finish group on spiritual abuse at the Church of England, she is also the chair of the learning group for the past case review in the United Reformed Church.