How to Help Survivors of Polygamy
Many people ask how they can help the victims of polygamy. Much help is needed! Below is a directory of organizations, each with its own special mission. Please visit each one and you will certainly find a way to help!
Las Vegas, NV ||Speaking out against the abuse, exploitation, oppression and humiliation of human beings. Helping the victims restore their sense of dignity and inner beauty. Specifically, we empower survivors of patriarchal polygamy, cults, ecclesiastical abuse, human trafficking, prostitution, rape, cyberbullying, media humiliation and other forms of trauma and psychological violence. We provide resources and services to help victims overcome these heart-wrenching experiences and succeed in a positive new life path.
St. George, Utah || The DOVE Center is a 501(c)(3) shelter. The mission is to build a community of peace one person, one family, and one home at a time. We strive to do this by providing confidential shelter, advocacy, and counseling to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We work to increase safety in our community by building collaborative partnerships and providing awareness and prevention education.
Salt Lake City, Utah || Holding Out HELP exists to assist those from a polygamous background with the resources necessary to meet their physical, emotional, and educational needs. Primarily we help those transitioning from a polygamist community into an independent and self-sufficient life by providing access to housing, food, clothing, counseling, mentoring, job training, education and referral services.
Cedar City, Utah || Sound Choices Coalition (SCC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and working to end the damaging practices associated with polygamous cultures. SCC’s goal is to prevent underage “marriage” (sexual assault or statutory rape); child marriage; forced marriage; incest; sexual exploitation; trafficking; physical abuse; sexual abuse; polygamy itself, with its emotional abuse and gender inequities; medical neglect; educational neglect; welfare fraud; child abandonment; and child labor within polygamous communities.
St. George, Utah || Through a strategic grant making process, we fund and support local nonprofit organizations that offer creative and promising programs to empower women and girls to reach their full potential. We seek to strengthen the influence and well-being of all women and girls in our region while helping members experience the benefits of planned giving.
Salt Lake City, Utah || The Diversity Foundation assists young men (aka “Lost Boys”) and women who are former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (“FLDS”), a polygamist community in southern Utah and northern Arizona. Our efforts consist of providing the opportunity for a quality education, medical and dental health support, psychological counseling, life skills instruction, and social services.
Purpose: To bear the good news of Jesus, and to be an agent of freedom and restoration, for those seeking liberty from the physical, emotional, and spiritual bondage of polygamy and Mormon fundamentalism. Goals: 1) To assist, enable, and participate in the rescue of those seeking freedom from a polygamist lifestyle, situation, community, or culture, 2) To provide for immediate physical needs of new “refugees” and provide long-term assistance in the transition to life “on the outside, 3) To make known the soul-saving and life-changing biblical message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone, and freedom from the burden of striving for salvation through plural marriage.
Taylorsville, Utah || Protecting children, strengthening families, preventing child abuse. The Family Support Center offers a variety of support services for families including housing, day care, crisis nursery, support groups, parenting classes, counseling, and shelter services such as Lifestart Village. The mission of the Family Support Center’s LifeStart Village is to move single women with children from dependency to self-sufficiency. In FSC’s LifeStart Village, single mothers and their children move from homelessness or near homelessness into safe, stable housing where they develop the necessary skills to create a stable, nurturing environment.
If you know of another group or cause that should be in our directory, please let us know!
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