The Social Work Podcast

Religious Child Maltreatment: Interview with Janet Heimlich

Feb. 27, 2012

Episode 71: In today's Social Work Podcast, episode 71, Religious Child Maltreatment, I speak with award-winning journalist and author, Janet Heimlich about her book: Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment published in 2011 by Prometheus Books. I was really interested in talking with Janet because her book focuses on something that is rarely discussed in social work - the role of religion in child abuse and neglect. In today's interview, Janet defines religious child maltreatment, we talk about religious authoritarian cultures; discuss examples of religiously motivated physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and medical neglect; talk about the laws that are in place that encourage religious child maltreatment, and discuss some ways that social service providers can talk with parents about authoritarian religious communities and religious child maltreatment. You can read a transcript of today's interview at You can connect with other social workers at the Social Work Podcast Facebook page at, or follow the Twitter feed at neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.