The IRCT members
Together against torture we help rebuild the lives of torture survivors and intensify the fight for the eradication of torture worldwide
The IRCT network embraces today 144 rehabilitation centres and programmes from all over the world, representing an international movement against torture and for victims of torture. They provide support and hope, and act as a symbol of triumph over the terror of torture.
The rehabilitation centres and programmes work within varying national and local contexts, with different target groups, and use a range of methods to address the effects of torture on individuals, families and communities.
For some of these organisations, rehabilitation of victims is the core activity, while others incorporate it in, for example, wider health care programmes or broader human rights initiatives. Many organisations' activities include prevention of torture as an integral part of their work.
Common to them is their effort to alleviate the physical and psychological suffering inflicted upon the victims and to empower the torture victims to resume as full a life as possible.
Rehabilitation centres normally offer victims multi-disciplinary support and counselling, including medical attention, psychosocial support, legal services and financial assistance. In the case of clients who are also refugees, these services may include language classes, and assistance in finding work and a place to live.
The physical and mental after-effects of torture often place great strain on the entire family. Therefore, other members of the victim's family – in particular the spouse and children – are also offered treatment and counselling.
Torture can affect several generations as children are particularly affected by torture. They often suffer from a feeling of guilt or personal responsibility for what has happened.
The impact of rehabilitation centres on society is often far-reaching. Torture is a political act, and so too is the rehabilitation of torture victims. Centres therefore play a key role in the promotion of democracy, co-existence, and respect for human rights through the development of activities such as campaigns, documentation, reporting, media contact, training and education.
After wars and other serious conflicts, regular support networks and structures have often been destroyed. Rehabilitation programmes for torture victims need to be closely integrated with broader community-oriented initiatives. Providing psychosocial support to victims of torture, and other acts of organized violence, can help reconstruct broken societies.
To search for detailed information about each of the rehabilitation centres and programmes that are members of the IRCT, please click here.