Torture is the deliberate and systematic dismantling of a person’s identity and humanity. Torture’s purpose is to destroy a sense of community, eliminate leaders and create a climate of fear.
Beatings and psychological torture are the most common forms reported to the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT). CVT clinicians have documented more sophisticated forms of torture over the years, especially methods of psychological torture, that do not leave physical scars. This makes it more difficult for survivors to seek redress or make asylum claims
At CVT, our mission is to help survivors of torture rebuild their lives. We work to do this in several ways. But there are some kinds of care that CVT is not able to provide. We can direct you to resources that will provide that support.