Take the First Step Toward Hope and Healing


Sexual abuse and assault have affected too many lives, often forcing victims to the margins in silence and shame. Abuse is not the end of the story. Though the damaging effects of trauma from sexual abuse are usually long-term, there are resources available to help you every step of the way. Use the resources below to help you and your family members that may be carrying this weight.

6 Stages Toward Understanding and Healing from Abuse

During Kay Warren and Beth Moore’s discussion on sexual abuse, Kay went through the stages of healing and the process of recovery in her own personal journey. This is the chart that she referenced from Mending the Soul by Stephen R. Tracy that outlines each stage an individual goes through to find healing after sexual abuse.

Minister of the Day

Available for walk-ins or phone calls for pastoral counsel and prayer support

(949) 609-8000 | Weekdays 8:30 AM–5:00 PM

Celebrate Recovery

Find freedom from life's hurts, hang-ups, and habits. There are open-share groups specifically for victims of abuse. Click on your local campus below for Celebrate Recovery (CR) times and locations or visit saddleback.com/celebraterecovery.

Church Counseling

Find support and Christ-centered answers through Saddleback's Counseling Ministry. Call to book an appointment.

(949) 609-8387

Emotionally Healthy Small Groups for Women

Saddleback Women is hosting a series of small group studies, each centered around the idea of building your emotional health.

Click here to find a women's small group.

Christian Professional Counselors

Licensed professional counselors specializing in abuse recovery. Click here for a list of counselors in Southern California.

24-Hour Abuse Hotlines

Click here for a printable reference card with hotline contact information.

Human Options — humanoptions.org

Providing a safe haven and life-changing programs to help abused women and their children.

(877) 854-3594

Interval House — intervalhouse.org

Providing comprehensive domestic violence services in over 70 languages to individuals in LA and Orange Counties.

(714) 891-8121

Women's Transitional Living Center (WTLC) — wtlc.org

Helping individuals and families escape the depths of domestic violence and exploitation.

(877) 531-5522

Other Options

The Sheepfold — thesheepfold.org

(714) 237-1444

Thomas House Family Shelter — thomashouseshelter.org

(714) 554-0357

WISE Place — wiseplace.org

(714) 542-3577

Recommended Reading

The Wounded Heart by Dan Allender

On the Threshold of Hope by Diane Mandt Langberg

The Emotionally Destructive Marriage by Leslie Vernick

Helping Traumatized Children: A Brief Overview for Caregivers — Download PDF

Online Courses

Healing the Wounded Heart