is a secular, not-for-profit research center and educational organization founded in 1979.
AFF's purpose is to study psychological manipulation and
high-control and cultic groups, to educate the public, and to provide recovery assistance
to those who have been affected by a cultic experience.
AFF's growing network of more than 100 volunteer
professionals includes educators, psychologists, social workers, sociologists, attorneys,
clergy, business executives, physicians, including psychiatrists, law enforcement
specialists, college administrators, and others.
AFF is funded by grants from foundations and individuals, literature sales, and .
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