- Prevent Child Abuse America | Find out how you can help prevent child abuse by reaching out and supporting hurting children.
- The American Humane Society | We tend to think of the American Humane Society as mostly animal-focused, but the organization has fantastic information about child abuse prevention and how we can help children.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway | Download the free ebook Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2013 Resource Guide. It supports service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It focuses on the six protective factors, which have been proven to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and provides tools and strategies to integrate the protective factors into existing programs and systems.
- Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse | In this fantastic book, Dr. Gregory L. Jantz with Ann McMurray, explores the subject of emotional child abuse in all its forms, including verbal, actions, and indifference. The author also offers strategies for dealing with abusers, self-check quizzes, stories from survivors, and a Scriptural plan for healing.
- Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No and Take Control of Your Life [Book] | Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend, clinical psychologists, discuss the severe impact of being raised without boundaries and its effects into adulthood. They also offer Bible-based answers to tough issues about setting boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and ourselves. Plus, they tackle the alleged Bible-based arguments abusers make to convince the abused to continue to allow it to happen.
- The Drama of the Gifted Child | Polish psychologist Dr. Alice Miller examines the consequences of repression at the personal and social level, the causes of the physical and psychological harm done to children and how this can be prevented, and finally the new methods at our disposal for dealing with the consequences of infant traumas.
- “You Carry the Cure in Your Own Heart” [Essay] | Child protection attorney and child advocate Andrew Vachss wrote this brilliant essay about the truth of emotional child abuse and its long-lasting effects into the abused child’s adulthood.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
In some cases, emotionally abused children have parents who suffer from a narcissistic personality disorder. This type of destructive parenting has unique characteristics. The following are resources for learning more about NPD. The best essay about the characteristics of a parent with narcissistic personality disorder (and the essay most shared by adult children of NPD parents) can be found here. (To people who do not have such a parent, the essay might seem over the top, but adult children of a narcissistic parent know that, sadly, it’s right on target.)
Out of the Fog | Information and support for those with a family member or loved one who suffers from a personality disorder
The Narcissist in Your Life | Brilliant articles from Linda Martinez-Lewi, a clinical psychologist
Psychology Today: The Narcissistic Family Portrait [Article] | Dr. Karyl McBride, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., wrote an article about the narcissistic family’s “dirty little secret.”She specializes in treating clients with dysfunctional family issues.
Light’s House | Support for adults of toxic parents
Luke 17:3 Ministries [Website] | This ministry specifically sets out to educate and empower adults who have been emotionally abused as children and continue to be as adults. The ministry offers articles, tips, and, in some cases, empathy for those who have been abused… and offers suggestions for breaking the cycle.
Resources for Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents | The website is a personal blog but packed with information about growing up with NPD parents.
Web of Narcissism | Online forum with boards for people dealing with loved ones with NPD; online resources for learning more about NPD; etc.