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It depends on how specifically you would like to discuss it and, perhaps, what kind of abuse you would like to discuss. This Board isn't the place for discussions involving specific individuals. If you are in need of personal help, I would suggest that you speak with your Bishop about a referral to LDS Family Services. Having said that, generally speaking, here are some of the resources the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers on the topic. (1) "Abuse" entry at LDS.org, with accompanying resources: http://www.lds.org/topics/abuse?lang=eng. (2) "A Conversation on Spouse Abuse," Ensign, Oct. 1999: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1999/10/a-conversation-on-spouse-abuse?lang=eng. (3) "The Invisible Heartbreaker," Ensign, June 1996: http://www.lds.org/ensign/1996/06/the-invisible-heartbreaker?lang=eng. (4) "Child Abuse," from LDS.org's Newsroom: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/official-statement/child-abuse. (5) "Effectiveness of Church Approach to Preventing Abuse," also from the Newsroom: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/effectiveness-of-church-approach-to-preventing-child-abuse.

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I recommend that you discuss your own circumstances with a therapist who is trained to deal with child abuse, and if you need to with your bishop (I write it that way because there is no reason a member has to go to the bishop about this issue --- child abuse does not trigger any kind of obligation or duty to see the bishop. When members go, they are usually look for the comfort that comes through the atonement. Bishops may be able to facilitate this, but just as often, it is only with a personal relationship with their Savior, that people move past the ordeal and into a place of hope and comfort, and confidence that their heart may fully be healed.)

Some members can talk about this with Hters or vters with whom they have a relationship. But IME, it is often too big a load and requires professional expertise that those people don't have.

Here are some resources. If the question is a general one, rather than a personal one, you could ask it here in the social hall. Please identify it in the title as dealing with abuse,, as there are people who are triggered by such discussions and would not intentionally open such a thread to read it.

http://www.ldscounselors.net/

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/1992/04/healing-the-tragic-scars-of-abuse?lang=eng

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/04/to-heal-the-shattering-consequences-of-abuse?lang=eng

https://byustudies.byu.edu/showtitle.aspx?title=6216

http://www.sixteenstones.net/who-we-are/

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