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Quote of the Day:
'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer



CIFS is an Australian support and information network. CIFS was initially formed by parents and family members of loved ones caught up in abusive groups.

The network has grown to include families, friends, former members and concerned individuals working together towards a common goal, to provide support and develop awareness for those affected by high demand groups or cultic relationships.

Regaining Freedom of Mind - Sat 15th & Sun 16th Oct 2022
This ‘weekend workshop’ is for ex-group members only and not family or friends. If you have left an abusive group or religion, this weekend is for you!

Download flyer (PDF)





Contact from all over Australia is welcome.


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  'Cults and Extreme Beliefs' - SBS Video On Demand (more)

Multi-part video series

Season 1 Episode 1 - Jehovah's Witness

Host Elizabeth Vargas sits down with former Jehovah’s Witness and child sex abuse survivor Romy Maple, as well as a key whistle-blower, Barbara Anderson, to dig deeper into why the organisation has chosen to protect paedophiles over the innocent children they prey upon.
Presenter: Elizabeth Vargas. 45 minute episodes.

Free access - Expires May 2021


 Featured Podcast (more)

Let's Talk About Sects
a podcast about cults
By Sarah Steel

This podcast both shares people's stories and explores how easy it can be for people to fall under the spell of a belief system that eventually compromises their morals and ethics.

Season 3 now available...

Latest Episode:


 CIFS Links (more)
Cult Awareness - A Message of Hope
This site exists as a dedication to multiple victims and a personal loved one who was induced into a socially harmful cult known as Universal Medicine.


 News Archive (more)

* Spiritual healer Serge Benhayon gave client 'ovarian reading'

* Guru sex scandal at Mount Eliza yoga retreat

* NXIVM - The dark cult with billionaires, stars, and allegations of sex slavery

* MJB Seminars life coach tells sex abuse victims to look for 'blessings'

* Ex-Jehovah's Witness criticises the group for not reporting child abuse

* Agape Ministries dismantled by order of SA court


 Radio Interview 

ABC Radio Audio
Amanda Smith on Life Matters interviews two ex-members of different cults to explore their experience, what keeps them there and how they finally leave.

Mary Garden was a member of an eastern spiritual group. Tore Klevyer was a member of Children of God. Both share their experiences.


 Enquiry Submission (more

The Religious Freedom Review by the Australian Federal Government has received thousands of submissions.

CIFS argues that in Australia, freedom of religion is valuable. However, excesses of control, manipulation and abuse by "religions" over their members should not be tolerated.

Video (more

Esther Rockett speaks of her experiences in speaking out against an alleged cult.


Why do people join cults? - Janja Lalich


Featured Book (more

Two sisters write of the loss of their sister at the firey stand-off at Waco, Texas in 1993.

The book tells of their life in the cult and brings a message of hope to those spiritually abused by charismatic manipulation.

Available at Amazon.



Carli McConkey joined a personal development group and was slowly inveigled into a life of virtual slavery.

Carli's bright matter-of-fact style belies the drudgery and alienation of her controlled existence while trying to bring up a young family.

Highly rated on Amazon.






  Disclaimer - Cult Information and Family Support Inc. CIFS Not all groups called either "cults" or "cult-like" are harmful. Instead, they may be benign and generally defined as simply people intensely devoted to a person, place or thing. Therefore, the discussion or mention of a group, organization or person on this page, is not necessarily meant pejoratively. Members of CIFS do not purport to present themselves as having any sectarian affiliation or professional authority.   Privacy of individuals seeking information or support is strictly observed.

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ABC Radio:
5 Apr 2018
16 Oct 2010
14 Oct 2010


CIFS Conference:
Brisbane 2012 *
Canberra 2011
Seminar 2011
Brisbane 2010


Visions of Paradise


Cults: After-Effects




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